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Educators endorse Bruce Braley for election to U.S. Senate

Father of three will fight for strong public schools, working families

WASHINGTON - February 20, 2014 -

The National Education Association political action committee (PAC), The NEA Fund for Children and Public Education, today endorsed U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Waterloo) for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) after 30 years.

“The 3 million educators of the National Education Association recommend Bruce Braley for the United States Senate,” said Dennis Van Roekel, a high school math teacher and Iowa native who serves as president of NEA, the nation’s largest union of educators. “Iowa’s working families have a champion of public education and a strong advocate for a living wage in Bruce Braley, who knows that the road to our nation’s progress runs through our schools and classrooms.

“As a son of an educator who also is married to a teacher, Braley understands the importance of a great public school education and has vowed to fight for adequate funding of our public schools,” continued Van Roekel. “A good education system leads to well-trained and educated students and adults who make up an educated workforce that ultimately results in a stronger economy.”

Before being elected to Congress in 2007 to represent the first district of Iowa, Braley represented factory workers challenging unsafe company policies and stood up for people who lost their jobs and pensions. Braley also has pledged to fight for more funding and a greater focus on bullying prevention, physical wellness and student mental health funding to help foster positive learning environments for students.

“Bruce Braley is a great friend of public education in Iowa, and we are proud to recommend him as a candidate for the United States Senate,” said Tammy Wawro, president of the Iowa State Education Association. “He has always had an open door policy when educators express their concerns and he genuinely cares about all kids. He has remained true to his core values that public education is the great equalizer and our professional educators are the backbone of our communities.”

The NEA Fund for Children and Public Education provides direct financial support to recommended candidates for president and U.S. Congress who will fight to improve public education, and support students, teachers and staff.

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