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NEA applauds Senate sponsorship of Education for All Act

Sen. Gillibrand to lead Senate push for passage


WASHINGTON - September 20, 2010 -

The National Education Association (NEA) and its 3.2 million members applaud U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D-N.Y.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, for announcing that she will sponsor the Education for All Act of 2010  in the Senate.  The legislation, introduced in the House earlier this year by Reps. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and David Reichert (R-Wash.), would help achieve universal quality basic education by assisting developing countries in strengthening education systems, facilitating U.S. support of a Global Fund for Education  or new multilateral education initiative, and promoting education as a core U.S. development priority.

The Education for All Act of 2010 amends the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, declaring it U.S. policy to work with foreign countries and international and civil society organizations to achieve universal basic education. Additionally, the legislation directs the president to develop a comprehensive U.S. strategy to promote universal basic education by 2015, and authorizes the president to provide the necessary resources to qualifying foreign countries to create the policies, processes and infrastructure to develop free quality national basic education programs.

The following statement can be attributed to NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen:

“On behalf of the National Education Association and our 3.2 million members, we commend Senator Gillibrand for her remarkable leadership on this important international education issue.  At NEA, we know that investing in quality education programs is one of the best investments any government can make. You see the returns in health care outcomes, economic growth, sustainable use of resources, and a more engaged citizenry.  Investing in young minds today means investing in the future for all of us. We are five years away from meeting our commitment to achieve universal basic education.he commitment to achieve universal basic education. We cannot afford to fail.”

NEA also commended New York State United Teachers President Richard C. Ianuzzi and human rights activist Kerry Kennedy for securing Gillibrand’s support for the legislation.

 “We can stay the course and watch another generation of children fall victim to poverty, disease and conflict,” said Joanna Kuebler, director of the Global Campaign for Education —U.S. Chapter. “Or, we can see the Education for All Act realized and invest in the next generation of teachers, innovators and world 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: Anita Merina  (202) 822-7289, amerina@nea.org