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Obama presidency a victory for students and educators


WASHINGTON - November 04, 2008 -

The presidential election of Sen. Barack Obama, who has said education means "more to our economic future than anything," is a major victory for students and educators.

The following can be attributed to NEA President Dennis Van Roekel:

"Obama has said that a cornerstone of any long-term economic plan must be an investment in quality public schools. His concrete education plans and other proposals to help working families inspired NEA members and their families—who comprise more than 2 million potential voters in 15 presidential battleground states.

His education plan, focusing on early childhood education, professional pay for educators, and college affordability, could not have been more different than Sen. John McCain's vision and plan.

"This is a major victory for students and educators, and NEA's 3.2 million members and their families should be proud of the role they played in this historic election. This is an incredible opportunity to begin to correct the failed education policies of the Bush administration and prepare our students to compete in a 21st century economy. It's a new chapter in American history, and an exciting and unprecedented time for educating the next generation of American leaders."  

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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.

CONTACT: Will Potter (202) 822-7823