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NEA to participate in ‘One Nation March’

WASHINGTON - July 20, 2010 -

With a backdrop of a looming education crisis—the layoff of thousands of educators, overcrowded classrooms and massive cuts to essential school programs—the National Education Association (NEA) today announced its participation in the Oct. 2 “One Nation March on Washington.” The 3.2 million-member NEA will join the coalition of more than 170 civil rights, education, environmental and labor groups in a major demonstration of grassroots support for equal opportunity and justice for all—tenets that include access to a secure job, a safe home and a quality education.

The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Dennis Van Roekel:
“It’s time for this nation to get its priorities straight and invest in our most valuable resource—our people. America’s multi-faceted diversity is a source of incredible strength and innovation, and we need to play to that strength. Everyone deserves the opportunity to achieve the American Dream, and high quality public schools are critical to achieving it.

“In this time of economic crisis, we must transcend our differences and come together in a common quest for equal opportunity and justice for all.

“NEA is proud to be standing with our brothers and sisters in the labor and social justice movement to remind the nation, especially our lawmakers, that economic opportunity and social justice are more than noble ideals—they’re basic rights of every American.”

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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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