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NEA President Dennis Van Roekel sends letter to President Obama on State of the Union

NEA president urges President Obama to continue with bold and ambitious agenda

WASHINGTON - February 08, 2013 -

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel today sent a letter to President Barack Obama about his upcoming State of the Union Address. The letter outlines three “opportunity” principles that educators believe should guide the president’s second term agenda as well as specific policy priorities that will go a long way towards fulfilling the ambitious and bold agenda president Obama outlined during his second Inaugural Address.

Below are excerpts from the letter:

“As you prepare to deliver your State of the Union address to Congress, we look forward to hearing more about how we should address the many challenges we face as a nation…NEA members, who live and work in almost every community in this great nation, share the optimism, yet lingering concern, of most Americans.

“Your Inaugural Address set a strong tone and laid out a clear agenda – to support and lift up the hopes, dreams, and rights of all Americans…we hope the State of the Union will chart a course for America that is built upon the following principles:

1) Opportunity requires an economy that works for everyone.
2) Opportunity begins in great public schools for every single student.
3) Opportunity requires a democracy that protects every American’s voice and vote.

“…you called on all citizens to fulfill their obligation ‘to shape the debates of our time—not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals.’ The more than three million educators of the National Education Association stand ready to answer this call.”

Click here to view the extended version of the opportunities noted above and the policy recommendations put forward by the members of the NEA.

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Read the letter NEA President Dennis Van Roekel sent to President Obama about the State of the Union Address.

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