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Educators Vote to Endorse Obama

Nearly 10,000 NEA delegates approve presidential endorsement

WASHINGTON - July 04, 2008 -

The National Education Association voted today to endorse Sen. Barack Obama for U.S. president. Nearly 10,000 educators, representing the NEA’s 3.2 million members, officially endorsed Obama as part of the NEA’s Representative Assembly. Obama will address the delegation on Saturday via satellite.

The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Reg Weaver:

“NEA’s  3.2 million members, like most Americans, are ready for change. Barack Obama understands that a child is more than a test score, that schools need adequate resources, and that creating great public schools for each and every child is a shared responsibility. We need a president who understands that the strength of our country, the vitality of our economy and the health of our democracy depend on quality public schools. NEA members have shown today that they’re prepared to help put a friend of education in the White House, and get this country back on track.”

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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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