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NEA President calls on Rep. Cantor to put partisan politics aside

Rep. Eric Cantor closes the door on American Education Jobs Act

WASHINGTON - October 04, 2011 -

National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel today reacted to Rep. Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) cold shoulder to the American Jobs Act. Rep. Cantor said President Obama’s American Jobs Act is dead on arrival.

Teachers, education support professionals, parents and others in local communities are rallying behind President Barack Obama’s bold proposal to get the economy moving in the right direction again. His proposal would put up to 280,000 educators back to work and modernize 35,000 of our nation’s aging public schools.

“The American Jobs Act is a win-win for the American people,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “Rep. Cantor can choose to put students ahead of political gridlock by supporting a bill that puts Americans back to work, modernizes our schools, and puts educators in schools instead of on the unemployment lines.”

“Investing in public education creates American jobs and provides important opportunities for our nation’s children. We cannot expect to train them for the high-skilled jobs of today, or for the opportunities of tomorrow, without investments in a world-class education system. It’s time for Rep. Cantor and Congress to do what’s right and get the economy moving again—pass the American Jobs Act now,” concluded Van Roekel.

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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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