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NEA President Van Roekel on House passage of American economic recovery package

Action acknowledges that road to economic recovery runs through nation’s classrooms

WASHINGTON - February 13, 2009 -

The U.S. House of Representatives today approved a conference report on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a package aimed at helping states, public schools and families around the country cope with the worst economic and financial crisis since the Great Depression. The legislation will save and create jobs, get the economy moving again, and transform it for long-term growth and stability. Moreover, the landmark legislation includes the largest investment of federal funds in public education in history.

The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Dennis Van Roekel:

“Today, we are a step closer to an economic recovery package as bold as the challenges facing Americans. This is a solid recognition by Congress that the road to economic recovery runs through our classrooms.

“House action on the recovery and reinvestment package is both timely and critically important for America’s children. The injection of federal funds will help children learn, modernize schools and labs, keep schools and libraries open, help educators keep their jobs and provide students with 21st century environments.

“While this is a step forward, we still have a long way to go before more Americans are back at work, states are back from the brink of financial collapse, schools are modernized and we ensure great public schools for all students.

“We urge the Senate to move quickly to pass this important piece of legislation to strengthen our economy now and invest in America’s future.”

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The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

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