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The NEA: organized, energized and mobilized for Barack Obama

NEA president outlines why Association's political muscle is behind Obama

DENVER - August 25, 2008 -

NEA President Reg Weaver addressed the Democratic National Convention tonight and outlined why the Association has launched a $50 million campaign to put Sen. Barack Obama in the White House.   The Association expects to reach 5.2 million voters, and NEA leaders have set a goal to deliver 80 percent of those votes to Obama. 

The following statements can be attributed to Weaver:

"Barack Obama knows that we can't rebuild our economy without a well-educated workforce.  He knows we won't find new sources of energy, or discover a new cure for cancer, unless we train the next generation of scientists and researchers.  He knows that NEA is not for the status quo.  As our world has changed, so have we, and together we must change public education.

When Barack Obama is president, he will expand access to early childhood education, so all children are prepared to learn when they enter kindergarten.  He'll help local school districts make class sizes smaller so every child receives individual attention.  He will tear down the financial barriers that prevent students from attending college.

He will work with teachers and other educational personnel treating us as allies instead of adversaries, and he will support programs that help parents get involved.  Barack Obama knows we must hold schools accountable-but he also knows the world is too complex and diverse to judge students by a single, multiple choice, high-stakes test.   He understands that public education helped make this country great, and he knows our nation can't afford to continue the failed policies of the past seven years."

A transcript of the speech is available to members only at:

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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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