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NEA calls on Obama to fulfill campaign promise of Global Fund for Education

WASHINGTON - September 23, 2009 -

President Barack Obama’s speech today at the meeting of President Clinton’s Global Initiative marks the one-year anniversary of his promise that, if elected, he would commit $2 billion to help create a Global Fund for Education.

The following can be attributed to NEA President Dennis Van Roekel:

“During his campaign, President Obama proclaimed a commitment to education both domestically and internationally. Now is the time to create a Global Fund for Education that will promote student achievement around the world. Education is a basic human right, and strengthening education around the world benefits the entire global community. As President Obama said during his campaign, all children deserve access to quality public schools.”

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

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