WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Senators John McCain
and Barack Obama squared off last night in Mississippi for the first
presidential debate. During one segment, the candidates were asked about
which priorities they would adjust if elected president in hopes of
improving the current economic crisis.
The following can be attributed to NEA President Dennis Van Roekel:
"In the midst of the worst economic crisis America has faced since the
Great Depression, Sen. John McCain tonight showed that he still does not
understand the needs of working Americans. He still fails to grasp the
direct link between a 21st century education system and a robust economy.
McCain also showed he cannot relate to educators because he is still
proposing a spending freeze, effectively creating a No Child Left Behind
funding gap of $15 billion and putting a crunch on millions of special
education students, low-income students, children living in poverty and the
hiring of future teachers.
"Sen. Obama, on the other hand, understands that all roads to economic
security and prosperity go through our public schools. That is why he
insists education remain a priority. Obama's plan calls for making college
both accessible and affordable, emphasizing math and science to keep
America competitive in a changing global economy, and doubling the
investment in early childhood education."
The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional
organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary
higher education faculty, education support professionals, school
administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become
SOURCE National Education Association