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NSEA Legislative Report (2021)

The 81st Session concluded Sine Die on May 31, 2021.
Published: June 8, 2021


In a legislative session heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, educators under the umbrella of NSEA maintained a strong and consistent presence from before the legislative building was open to the public all the way through the last day of the session. Members of NSEA’s ground team tracked 145 bills, with 37 of 57 bills we supported passing out of the legislature and 20 of the 22 bills we opposed failing. NSEA ground team and member leaders were a regular presence during the session testifying in committee meetings over the phone and then in person. We also submitted exhibits on over 50 unique bills. Check here for NSEA’s bills tracker with links. Click here for video testimony.

NSEA scored several important victories for educators and students during the session. Highlights include:

  • Unemployment eligibility for education support professionals this summer.
  • A review of student assessments and new regulations to limit their time and number.
  • A one year pause on the use of student data in teacher evaluations.
  • New district reporting requirements related to class size and accommodations for evaluation of teachers with large class sizes.
  • Important legislative wins for social and racial equity in education.
  • Budget wins with new revenue dedicated to K-12 public education.
  • Changes in the new funding plan to account for enrollment growth in hold harmless provisions and the ability to use some district ending fund balance in the collective bargaining process.
  • Passage of a new public healthcare option that will provide greater health access for retired members.
  • Protection of paraprofessionals from new licensing requirements.
  • Preservation of important education committees like the Regional Professional Development Programs and Academic Standards Council.
  • Expansion of voting rights including universal vote by mail
  • Defense of democratically electing school boards.


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