The NEA: Organized, Energized and Mobilized for Barack Obama

NEA President Outlines Why Association's Political Muscle is Behind


Aug 25, 2008, 01:00 ET from National Education Association

    DENVER, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --- NEA President Reg Weaver
 addressed the Democratic National Convention tonight and outlined why the
 Association has launched a $50 million campaign to put Sen. Barack Obama in
 the White House. The Association expects to reach 5.2 million voters, and
 NEA leaders have set a goal to deliver 80 percent of those votes to Obama.
     The following statements can be attributed to Weaver:
     "Barack Obama knows that we can't rebuild our economy without a
 well-educated workforce. He knows we won't find new sources of energy, or
 discover a new cure for cancer, unless we train the next generation of
 scientists and researchers. He knows that NEA is not for the status quo. As
 our world has changed, so have we, and together we must change public
     When Barack Obama is president, he will expand access to early
 childhood education, so all children are prepared to learn when they enter
 kindergarten. He'll help local school districts make class sizes smaller so
 every child receives individual attention. He will tear down the financial
 barriers that prevent students from attending college.
     He will work with teachers and other educational personnel treating us
 as allies instead of adversaries, and he will support programs that help
 parents get involved. Barack Obama knows we must hold schools accountable
 --- but he also knows the world is too complex and diverse to judge
 students by a single, multiple choice, high-stakes test. He understands
 that public education helped make this country great, and he knows our
 nation can't afford to continue the failed policies of the past seven
     The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional
 organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers,
 higher education faculty, education support professionals, school
 administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become
     Paid for by the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education,
     Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

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