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NEA welcomes House committee work on ESEA reauthorization

Washington - February 23, 2010 -

The House Education and Labor Committee will kick off the process of reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Wednesday with a hearing on high-quality charter schools. The National Education Association welcomes the upcoming series of committee hearings and the opportunity to work in tandem with Congress on the entire ESEA reauthorization process.

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

“The National Education Association is pleased to begin working together with the Obama Administration and Congress in a bipartisan effort to reauthorize ESEA. The first hearing on Wednesday is an important initial step in kicking off this process.

“The 3.2 million members of the NEA are strong supporters of innovation and accountability in public education, and we hope the upcoming reauthorization of ESEA encourages, supports and rewards innovations that give educators and public schools the flexibility, creativity, opportunities and resources to adopt new approaches and practices to do things differently and produce better results.

“We look forward to working collaboratively with the Obama Administration as well as Congressional leaders and other education stakeholders on an ESEA reauthorization that helps our country move toward great public schools for all students.”

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, college faculty, school administrators, education support professionals, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers.

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