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Back to School in Baton Rouge


A whirlwind media junket, a three-school tour, and an emotional visit to the Louisiana Association of Educators Headquarters made for a big Back-to-School Tour day that left a lasting impression on NEA President Lily Eskelsen García and the entire NEA Tour crew.  
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Back to School in Jackson, Mississippi

lily-in-jackson-B2S2015On this leg of NEA's Back to School Tour, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García met with Jackson, Mississippi, parents and community leaders and toured two area elementary schools. García saw a resounding theme throughout the day: Jackson is a community invested in their students’ success, and in the public schools and teachers. Read more

Back to School Week Two Arrives in Mississippi

lily-in-atlanta-B2S2015Meridian, Mississippi: NEA President Lily Eskelsen García met with education leaders and toured three area schools. At Meridian High School, MEA president and education support professional Kimberly Wilkeson described NEA's visit as "really exciting" and that “the association is for everyone who is in education, not just teachers.” Read more

Full STEAM Ahead in South Carolina: Back to School Day 4


NEA President Lily Eskelsen García ended week one of NEA's Back-to-School Tour in Columbia, South Carolina. At Longleaf Middle School, “it’s game on,” said a student. Our “STEAM team is all about the students.” At Keenan High School, García met with future educators, thanking them for their willingness to give kids the education they deserve. Read more

So Long, Savannah Hello Beaufort: Back to School Day 3

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In the early morning hours, President Lily Eskelsen García started her tour that included a discussion with educators, parents, and community members at Bluffton High School, a visit to Whale Branch Early College High School, a tour of Avery Center (the first black high school in Charleston), and a Town Hall at the College of Charleston. Read more

Scenes from Savannah: Back to School Day 2

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With fitting references to the famous Forrest Gump film referencing its location near the film's famous bus bench, the second day of President Eskelsen García's back-to-school tour in Savannah, Georgia began with an interview on national radio and a visit to a local elementary school. Read more

Back to School in Atlanta, Georgia


NEA President Lily Eskelsen García kicked off the back-to-school tour in Atlanta, Georgia, speaking with local radio stations, The Atlanta Voice and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, welcoming students and educators back to school, and talking about closing opportunity gaps. Read more

NEA Back-to-School Tour Focuses on Closing Opportunity Gaps

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NEA President Lily Eskelsen García, joined by local and state education leaders, begins her two-week, back-to-school tour on Tuesday in Atlanta, Georgia. The tour theme, “Opportunity for All: Unite, Inspire, Lead,” shines the spotlight on NEA’s work to unite, lead, and inspire solutions to close the opportunity gaps.” Read more

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