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Editor's Note

Voting for Students

As  you read this issue of NEA Today, educators are working hard in these final weeks before the election to support pro-public education candidates. For everyone, regardless of party affiliation or personal beliefs, one thing is clear—the stakes are high as elected officials make decisions on what they think is best for our nation's schools. 

As educators, you vote to be heard, to demonstrate civic leadership and speak up for education. Educators are involved in politics because decisions made in school board meetings, statehouses, and Congress affect students, classrooms, and schools. Educators are trusted community members, and when you speak out on an issue of importance, people listen.

After a long day, it’s tempting to just ignore the barrage of political messages coming at you. This is a crucial election for the future of education in America and your voice, as well as your vote, is of immense value to the outcome. So with full recognition of all you do already for America’s students, please use your voice to reach out to family, friends, neighbors, and community members and ask them to vote for the candidates who pledge to put the education of our nation’s children first.

More than ever, educators are speaking up on behalf of their students and schools, because, as the adage says, “Just because you don’t take an interest in politics, doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.”

This issue of NEA Today highlights members who have supported public school champions on both sides of the aisle. Also included in this issue, we provide information on candidates and ballot measures that NEA and its state and local affiliates have recommended. To find out how you can get involved in the final days before November 6, go to EducationVotes.org.

Steven Grant 

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1-Oct-12