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NEA contributes voice of education to annual legislative conference

Leaders serve as key panelists during Congressional Black Caucus week

WASHINGTON - September 24, 2009 -

The National Education Association continues to represent the voice of education in critical conversations taking place during the 39th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference, held September 23-26 in Washington DC. The annual meeting of local, state and national elected officials, business and industry leaders, celebrities and media personalities, provides an excellent opportunity for NEA members and leadership to lend their expertise and knowledge to important forums and panel discussions taking place during the conference weekend.   

“As a vocal advocate for great public schools for every student, NEA is pleased to have the opportunity to participate in  discussions on issues facing communities across the country,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “We greatly value our working relationships with the members of Congress that makeup the Congressional Black Caucus, and are buoyed by the proactive agenda that they have presented for this year’s conference. Their ‘Reinvest...Rebuild.Renew’ theme echoes the sentiment and commitment that NEA has also made to transform our public schools.”  

NEA Secretary-Treasurer Rebecca Pringle will appear on a panel on Thursday, September 24, chaired by Rep. Shelia Jackson-Lee (D-TX), titled “Protecting and Promoting our Children Online and Offline in the Green Barack Obama Era.” The panel will take place at 1:00 pm in Room 209B of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Also on Thursday, Dr. Sheila Simmons, Director NEA Human and Civil Rights will participate in an education brain trust discussion on “High School Reform/Drop Out Prevention” presented by Rep. Robert Scott (D-VA) and the CBC Education Taskforce, beginning at 2:45 pm in Room 144A of the convention center. Finally, Ron Henderson, Director NEA Research will lend his expertise to a panel discussion hosted by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) on “Beyond the Blackboard:  How Extra and Co-Curricular Activities Improve Academic Achievement.” The panel will begin at 4:00 pm and will also be in Room 209B of the convention center.

“The Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference is a vitally important meeting of African American leaders and the NEA is honored to participate in these important conversations and work with CBC members to implement the policies and legislation that result from the thinking that takes place during the annual conference,” said Van Roekel.   

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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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