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NEA president reacts to Obama’s plan to extend school time

WASHINGTON - September 28, 2009 -

President Obama has proposed that American children extend their time in class by lengthening the school day or school year, in order to remain competitive with their international counterparts as adults. 
The following may be attributed to NEA President Dennis Van Roekel:

“NEA supports innovative proposals to increase learning time, such as extending the school day, school week or school year. But before the schedule is changed, parents, educators and members of the community must first ask themselves, ‘What do we want for our children? Can we reach that goal by adjusting the schedule or by changing the way we’re going about each day?’ 

“If students aren’t succeeding in the current system, then that system must change. NEA believes that the learning schedule should be decided at the local and state levels, but will work with the Obama administration to help set guidelines that ensure each of our students gets the quality education he or she deserves.”

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee 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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