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NEA President statement on deferred action by NEA board of directors on presidential primary recommendation

WASHINGTON - October 03, 2015 -

The Board of Directors of the National Education Association today at its quarterly meeting deferred action  on the Association’s Fund for Children and Public Education presidential primary recommendation to support Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton’s bid for the White House.

The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Lily Eskelsen García:

“The conversation among our members and elected leaders has been robust, transparent, cordial and thoughtful. The process is working as designed. It’s what one would expect from educators who care deeply about children, public education and the future of this country.

 “The NEA Fund for Children and Public Education guidelines dictate that the NEA presidential primary recommendation process continues to move forward absent a vote in favor or against the PAC’s Council’s recommandation.

 “As the PAC guidelines indicate, we will continue to have this important dialogue with our members, and continue to ask all the presidential candidates the fundamental question that educators want to know: how committed are you to the success of every student regardless of her or his Zip Code?”

About NEA’s electoral and political footprint

NEA members are a robust and significant voting bloc, totaling 5 million nationwide when families are included. In fact, one in 100 Americans is member of NEA. Among voters, NEA household voters amount to one in every 32 votes. NEA voters are highly reliable with turnout rates exceeding 90 percent in the most critical battleground states. NEA is one of the largest labor unions, if not the largest, in the critically important primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Educators are admired and respective spokespeople on many issues. 


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