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NEA president congratulates Dayton Education Association president and White House “Champion of Change” honoree


WASHINGTON - August 21, 2012 -

Today at the White House, Dayton Education Association President David Romick is receiving the honor of becoming a “Champion of Change” for his exceptional school reform initiatives. Every week, the White House identifies a group of exceptional Americans who are making positive changes in their respective communities. Romick and the other “Champion of Change” winners are being honored at an exclusive White House event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in conjunction with the Department of Education.

Romick was instrumental in implementing dramatic changes to help close the achievement gap in Dayton public schools. At Belmont High School, Romick worked closely with administrators and school staff to raise promotion rates, increase college-level test participation, and decrease student discipline and violence issues. Through his weekly meetings with Dayton Public School Superintendent Lori L. Ward to keep informed on local education reform, as well as intense collaborations with educators, Romick is transforming public education for thousands of students in Dayton.

This statement can be attributed to National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel:

“I am honored that the White House selected Dayton Education Association President David Romick to be a ‘Champion of Change.’ His leadership in reform and union-management collaboration initiatives has enabled the transformation of lower-performing schools in his community. Romick and fellow education leaders in Dayton, Ohio, understand the importance of a steadfast principal, a strong union, and a dedication on both sides to the idea that persistent and honest collaboration is the only sure way to save struggling schools. Improving student learning and making a difference in thousands of lives is what NEA members are all about.”

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

CONTACT: Christiana Campos  (202) 822-7823, ccampos@nea.org