National Education Association

Early NEA Headquarters in 1907

In 1857, 43 educators met in Philadelphia to discuss public education.  Their meeting led to the formation of what was then called the National Teachers Association (NTA) and what is now called the National Education Association (NEA).  The group organized because there was no clear national voice for America’s teachers and the growing public school movement.  In 1866, women received full membership rights within the organization.  In 1870, NTA changed its name to NEA when it merged with the National Association of School Superintendents, The American Normal School Association, and the Central College Association.  In 1966, the NEA was joined together with the American Teachers Association. 

Since its founding, the NEA has advanced the education profession and advocated for the rights of children and members.  





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