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Letter of Support to Portland Association of Teachers

February 7, 2014

Gwen Sullivan, President
Portland Association of Teachers
345 NE 8th
Portland, Oregon 97232

Dear Gwen:

On behalf of your 3 million colleagues, I want to salute you for standing strong in your efforts to secure a fair and equitable contract. You are on the frontlines – giving students the tools they need to succeed in school and in life. I applaud you for “fighting for the schools Portland students deserve” by taking a firm stand to reduce overcrowded classes, provide students with adequate support and resources, and ensure that every member receives professional pay for the important work that you do for children and public education.

Portland teachers encourage, inspire, and serve the community’s children every day. You deserve a level of compensation and a voice in professional issues that recognizes your valuable contributions.

You’re fighting for your schools and your students—your commitment to create great public schools for every student in Portland motivates you to stand tall and make your voices heard until you get a fair and equitable contract.

NEA is behind you! The outpouring of public support you’ve received is inspiring and shows a deep appreciation by the community for its teachers. Thank you for what you do and for standing up for what you know is right.


Dennis Van Roekel