Skip to Content

NEA president comments on Sec. Duncan’s speech at National Press Club

Association remains strongly committed to changing the status quo

WASHINGTON - July 27, 2010 -

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today addressed the public and the press during a much-anticipated speech at the National Press Club. Duncan reiterated the Obama administration’s vision for public education, focusing primarily on the impact that the controversial Race to the Top initiative has had on education policymaking at the state and local levels. Duncan’s speech revolved around what he called “the quiet revolution” taking hold in public education across America.

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

“NEA members have been at the forefront of the ‘quiet revolution’ taking place in the nation’s public schools for a long time. That’s because we too are passionately committed to creating the conditions necessary to transform public education in the 21st century.

“We welcome the fact that Sec. Duncan acknowledged this point during his remarks. We also commend the secretary for urging so-called reformers to stop blaming educators for everything that ails public education.

“We remain committed to collaborating with the Obama administration, Congress and other stakeholders because the status quo is unacceptable. The success of our students and the economic well being of our nation are at stake. Our students need great public schools that will prepare them to succeed and compete in the global economy.” 

Follow us on twitter at

# # #

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: Miguel A. Gonzalez  (202) 822-7823,