What is NEA-New Mexico?
Since its founding as the Territorial Education Association in 1886, the National
Education Association - New Mexico (NEA-NM) has continuously advocated for New Mexico
Public Schools and their students and employees. With more than 8,000 members in local
affiliates across the state, the Association works for better learning conditions for
children and better working conditions for teachers and other school employees. Local
affiliates work for members through collective bargaining and other advocacy mechanisms in
communities throughout New Mexico, while NEA-NM works to influence policy makers at the
state level. Additionally the Association provides professional development for its
members both nationally and here in the state.
Anyone who works for a public school district, a college or university, or any other
public institution devoted primarily to education is eligible to join NEA-NM. NEA-NM also
has special membership categories for retired educators and college students studying to
become teachers. For specific membership information, contact your local Association.
NEA-NM members state-wide set Association policy, most notably through the annual
Delegate Council, held in the Fall each year. Delegates are elected from local
associations in the ratio of one delegate for each 25 local members. During the rest of the year,, the NEA-NM Board of Directors, elected from regions around the
state, sets policy along with the full-time elected President.
NEA-NM provides members an Effective Voice on all issues important to school
employees. We are a volunteer-based organization supported by a network of professional
and support staff. More members will enable us to continue Collective Action to Protect
the Rights of School Employees. NEA-New Mexico provides members Active
Communication across the state, with offices located at NEA-NM Headquarters in Santa
Fe and four field offices in Albuquerque, Farmington, Roswell, and Las Cruces.
NEA-NM activities are wide-ranging. NEA-NM regularly lobbies the legislature and other
public policy bodies for the resources schools need, campaigns for higher professional
standards for the teaching profession, and files legal actions to protect the rights of
members. Your membership will ensure that school employees have Greater Authority to
Make the Decisions which Improve Public Education.