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Becky Pringle Addresses Essence Festival

NEA Secretary-Treasurer Calls on Local Communities to Help Teachers Transform Schools

July 3, 2010

By Will Potter

NEA is committed to closing the achievement gaps and transforming high-needs schools, but teachers cannot do it alone, Secretary-Treasurer Becky Pringle told attendees at the Essence festival.

Pringle participated in Essence’s first “State of Education” panel discussion. Education is a basic civil right, Pringle said, and protecting it requires the active involvement of parents. She said NEA’s Priority Schools Campaign is a great example of how teachers, parents and community leaders can work together and transform public schools.

She also pointed to the recent commitment by the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity to engage their chapters, across the country, to take an active role in the priority schools campaign. “We are going to turn these schools around,” she said.

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