McCain Proposed Spending Freeze Would Leave Millions of America's Students in the Cold

NEA President reacts to presidential debate

Sep 27, 2008, 01:00 ET from National Education Association

    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

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