NEA Responds to Naming of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as Republican VP Nominee

Choice differs with McCain on most public education issues

Aug 29, 2008, 01:00 ET from National Education Association

    MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement
 can be attributed to NEA President Reg Weaver, who is attending the
 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, Minn.:
     "The 3.2 million members of the National Education Association are
 pleasantly surprised by Senator John McCain's selection of Alaska Governor
 Sarah Palin to join his ticket as the Republican nominee for vice
     "While she is only in her second year as Alaska's Governor, she has
 thus far shown herself to be a supporter of children and public education.
 She comes from a family of educators. Her father was a teacher, her brother
 is a teacher, and her mother was an education support professional.
     "In her less than two years as the state's chief executive officer, she
 was able to increase per-pupil education spending, and she is opposed to
 sending public money to support private schools through political schemes
 like vouchers.
     "Her selection, however, has certainly taken the issue of experience
 off the table for political debate."
     Governor Palin participated in NEA Alaska's candidate recommendation
 process when she ran for the post. You can view her candidate interview
 with NEA-Alaska and her formal candidate questionnaire on NEA Alaska's
Interview with NEA-Alaska Response to NEA-Alaska questionnaire 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 teachers.

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