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In Their Own Words

During the recent NEA Representative Assembly (RA) in Orlando, presidential candidates were invited to submit remarks to the delegates.

More than 7,000 educators from all 50 states gathered in Orlando, Florida, from July 3-6 to attend the National Education Association’s 94th Representative Assembly (RA). The RA is the top decision-making body for the nearly 3 million-member NEA, and sets Association policy for the coming year. Embracing the meeting’s theme – “NEA: Unite. Inspire. Lead.” – delegates tackled complex issues with far-reaching implications for the profession, from the future of testing to equity in education.

As a service to our members, the recorded remarks from candidates who submitted them are included here and presented in alphabetical order.


Hillary Clinton


Martin O’Malley


Bernie Sanders