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NEA commends civil rights organizations for thoughtful education policy agenda

Framework focuses on giving all students the opportunity to learn

WASHINGTON - July 26, 2010 -

National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel commended prominent civil rights organizations for their thoughtful and constructive recommendations on federal education policy. Their call for an education agenda that would help all students achieve comes as Congress prepares to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, the nation’s most prominent federal education law.

The signers of the education policy framework include the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., National Council on Educating Black Children, National Urban League, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, and Schott Foundation for Public Education.

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

“We admire and commend the signers’ keen understanding of the actual needs of students, teachers and other school personnel. These leaders draw much needed attention to the inequities in the nation’s schools as well as the deficits in state resource allocations. They offer insights on improving teacher evaluation systems, recognize that well-designed and accountable charters are an asset to the public school system, and call for targeted resources and supports that can help turn around low-performing schools. Their grasp of the issues facing public education plus their thoughtful recommendations are a welcome addition to the national dialogue on education policy.

“We look forward to more fruitful discussion on the specific elements of their framework. Their ideas should inspire a diverse and broad community to work together to craft federal education policies that better serve all students and give respect and support to those students most in need.”

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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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