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NEA applauds call for federal resources

Educators support National Urban League’s positions on education

WASHINGTON - March 26, 2009 -

The National Urban League recently released its annual report evaluating the current conditions facing African Americans in the United States. “The State of Black America 2009: Message to the President,” presents a comprehensive analysis of the issues of importance to African Americans and offers timely solutions and recommendations on how to begin the process of improvement.

Unfortunately, the report paints a dismal picture of disparities in education. NEA applauds Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) and Dr. John Jackson of the Schott Foundation, who as respondents to the report, assert that more resources and considerations are needed if the U.S. and its citizens are to remain assets in a global economy.
The following is a statement by NEA President Dennis Van Roekel:

“I am disturbed that despite all of the advances in technology and industry, there are still people in our great nation who are struggling to attain a basic education. We have a vast knowledge base and we have spent years studying complex processes and formularies, but we still have not figured out how to ensure that all students receive a quality education. We can send individuals to an international space station but can’t provide students in America with an education foundation that will allow them to compete in an ever-growing, ever-changing global society. We are doing our students and the future of our nation a great disservice.

“It’s time that we put real solutions to work to fix our public schools. We are pleased and encouraged that the Obama administration is allotting money and resources to address the issue of quality education in America. We applaud the National Urban League and all those who work alongside them to highlight all of the issues that need to be addressed to help ensure a just and equal society for all Americans.”

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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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