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NEA to help set the record straight and hold politicians accountable for false attacks

WASHINGTON - February 15, 2012 -

The National Education Association today announced its support for efforts to hold political candidates accountable and to help ensure that politicians make true and accurate statements about President Obama’s record and the records of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates. 

“As educators, we’re always urging our students to learn the facts,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “We know how important the facts are to helping us make informed decisions. We need leaders who will stand up for quality education and who will be on the side of the middle class.  We want Americans to know the facts about President Obama and his solid support of public education in America and the rights of working people.”

President Obama’s campaign has encouraged his supporters to join “truth teams” that will operate online and on the ground to combat false attacks on President Obama and collect intelligence on new attacks.  The “truth teams” also will help spread the word about the accomplishments of the Obama administration and hold other candidates accountable when they try to distort their own records or the president’s record.

With members in every congressional district, NEA is gearing up to reach out and educate millions of eligible voters during the 2012 election year, focusing on association members and their families. NEA also is partnering with other nonprofit organizations to encourage strong voter turnout—especially among minorities and unmarried women.  In addition, NEA will work with groups that are preparing to educate the public about voter suppression tactics.

NEA will work to report attacks, misleading robocalls and other false information from political campaigns.

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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.

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