Learn about NEARI and its members
We are the National Education Association Rhode Island, commonly known as NEARI. We teach in kindergarten story circles, high school physics labs, and college lecture halls. We answer school phones and keep buildings clean and safe. We direct school plays and coach soccer, counsel adolescents and help students with financial aid. We also run local libraries, operate town governments, and administer state health standards and programs.
Our Association is a remarkable blend of union and professional organization, with a proud history of serving Rhode Island. Since its inception in 1845, our members have been at the center of every struggle to advance the finest of American dreams: the promise of a quality public education for every child. One in every 100 Rhode Islanders is a member - chances are, you know us already!
The 11,800 members of NEARI are affiliated with the three million members of the National Education Association. Read about our different membership categories.
Working Rhode Island, the largest labor coalition in RI history, including 229 RI AFL-CIO affiliates and independent unions like the United Nurses and Allied Professionals, the URI Chapter of the American Association of University Professors and the RI Brotherhood of Correctional Officers, among others.