external image AFTLogo.jpg external image NEA-Seal-PMS-286.jpg AFT (American Federation of Teachers) vs. NEA (National Education Association)

Mission of the AFT:
We are women and men in a wide range of professions, including preK-12 teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; early childhood educators; federal, state and local government employees; and nurses and other healthcare professionals. We are all professionals just like you, who have come together to improve our lives and, especially, the lives of those we serve.

Mission of the NEA:
Our mission is to advocate for education professionals and to unite our members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world

AFT Strengths
- 1.4 million members strong
- Work well with the community to achieve common goals in school
- Power to bargain, negotiate, and improve things to achieve goals.
- Benefits such as:

o Endorsed insurance
o Health
o Legal and financial services
o Travel and enterprise
o Shopping
o Scholarships
o Loan forgiveness
- 5 divisions that protect:

o K-12 educators
o Para professionals and other school personal
o Higher education staff
o State and local government employees
o Nurses and healthcare professional
- Basic. For $30 a year, you will receive the benefits listed below, including the quarterly magazine, American Educator.
- Advanced. For $60 a year, you will receive all the benefits listed below plus $1 million in occupational liability insurance and up to $10,000 in legal defense protection.

NEA Strengths
- 3.2 million strong
- NEA strongly supports these aspects in the education
- Focused on student success
- No Child Left Behind Act: Making sure that every student passes.
- Professional Pay: Increase the starting salary for new teachers
- Minority outreach programs
- Drop out preventions for students to continue in education and not drop out.
- Great public school is the focus for every student.
- Collaboration with other teacher and students is the common goal.
- Achievement gaps are important.
- No fee disclosed on the website.
- Strong compensation for their members.

Commonalities of AFT and NEA
- Require memberships, and membership fees
- Provide funding, scholarships, and grants for educational professionals.
- Many members in both groups
- Very strong information on both websites supporting their organization.
- Focus is on the success of the students and the teachers.
- Provided lesson plans, professional questions, and benefits to all members.

The Decision is yours!!