ST. LOUIS, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teachers in the key
battleground state of Missouri are mobilizing their coworkers and family
members to register and vote as polls show the race for president
tightening and the role of women voters becoming ever more critical.
NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen and NEA Secretary-Treasurer Becky
Pringle will join Missouri NEA President Chris Guinther and Missouri
educators on an "Education Votes" statewide tour to talk with teachers and
school personnel about electing leaders who will partner with them to
create great public schools.
Missouri educators want a president who will embrace a new role for the
federal government to help improve public schools. Instead of testing
mandates, teachers want the next administration to promote innovation by
sharing what's working and providing states with the resources and tools to
institute new ideas. Educators also are concerned about closing the
achievement gaps and providing schools with adequate funding.
College affordability is a sleeper issue in the election, but one that
concerns educators. Many of their students will graduate high school ready
for college but won't attend because they and their families can't afford
it. Nationwide, rising tuition charges and a shortfall in federal and state
grants will keep more than 400,000 qualified high school graduates from
attending a four-year college. Tuition at Missouri flagship university, the
University of Missouri, Columbia, has climbed to $8,450, and this year
increased 4 percent.
By Election Day, more than 2 million National Education Association
members and their families in the 13 battleground states will be reached by
a combination of phone, email and direct mail.
"Education Votes" Show Me Great Schools Tentative Schedule
-- Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Teachers conduct school visits before and after the
-- Oct. 1: Missouri's Teacher of the Year Margaret Williams and her
students meet with national and state leaders to discuss the importance
of youth voting.
-- Oct. 1: Teachers meet with students and professors at University of
Missouri in Columbia to discuss college affordability; State Rep. Judy
Baker, who is a candidate for the U. S. House from the 9th Congressional
District, is expected to attend.
-- Oct. 2: Teacher-sponsored rolling billboard tours St. Louis.
-- Oct. 2: Teachers hold debate watch parties in St. Louis and Kansas City
for undecided voters.
The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional
employee organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary
teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school
administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become
SOURCE National Education Association