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Educators endorse Rep. Mark Takano’s reelection to Congress

Rep. Takano pledges to continue to bring the voices of real educators in shaping federal education policy


WASHINGTON - May 05, 2014 -

The National Education Association’s political action committee, the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education, endorsed the reelection of U.S. Rep. Mark Takano to Congress.

“Rep. Mark Takano shares our values and the values of California working families in the 41st Congressional District,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “A former high school teacher and proud member of the National Education Association, he’s put students and educators ahead of politics. He understands that the road to economic prosperity and security starts in our nation’s public schools. He’s pledged to invest in our schools and bring the voices of real educators to shape federal education policy. He’s a staunch advocate for California working families and, if reelected, he will continue to work hard to make the economy work for all of us, not just the wealthy few and corporations. That’s why we are proud to endorse Mark Takano for reelection.”

Rep. Takano is a dues-paying member of the National Education Association. He also sits on the influential House Education and the Workforce Committee. Prior to serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, he taught for 20 years in Riverside, California, and served on the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees. On Capitol Hill, he brings the voices of real educators to shape education policy. Most recently, he co-hosted a bipartisan “teach-in” event appropriately titled “Real World Perspectives on Public Education” with Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY). Rep. Takano emphasized the importance of working with educators on federal legislation that affects their schools. The discussion panels highlighted several issues facing public schools today—from educational equity to student and educator evaluations.

“I'm proud to receive an endorsement from the National Education Association,” said Rep. Mark Takano. “As a former high school teacher, I have been a proud NEA dues-paying member for more than 20 years. My experience has allowed me to see the challenges our education system faces firsthand, unlike many other policy makers. I believe that if we are to truly fix our education system, targeting teachers for blame is misguided and unnecessary. We should instead allow teachers to lead the way as we make reforms. I thank NEA for their endorsement, and with their support, I can continue to advocate for policies that will improve the lives of our children.”

“Representative Mark Takano has the right background, values, and vision to speak up for educators and students in Congress,” said Dean E. Vogel, president of the California Teachers Association. “As a seasoned educator, he understands the pressing issues facing California’s public schools. He recognizes the important role education plays in preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow so that America can compete in the global marketplace. We are proud to call Rep. Takano a friend of educators because he will make the right choices to grow the economy for all working families, not just the wealthy and corporations.”

The NEA Fund for Children and Public Education, the NEA’s national political action committee, provides direct financial support to recommended candidates for president, U.S. House and U.S. Senate who will fight to support teachers, staff and students, and improve public education. CTA represents 110,000 teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff.

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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: Miguel A. Gonzalez  (202) 822-7823, mgonzalez@nea.org