In his final address to a NEA Representative Assembly (RA), outgoing NEA Executive Director John Stocks on Friday exhorted RA delegates to “come together and make this country whole,” and, most of all, “to embrace [their] power.”

“Election 2020 starts right here, right now!” NEA President Lily Eskelsen García announced to the delegates at the Representative Assembly on Friday. Waiting backstage at the George E. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, were 10 presidential hopefuls ready to make their case to educators for the first ever #StrongPublicSchools Presidential Forum.