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Voters support pro-public education candidates, reject so-called ‘reformers'

NEA vows to keep fighting for education funding fairness, equity in Colorado

WASHINGTON - November 06, 2013 -

Voters went to the polls on Tuesday to stand up for children and public education while rejecting so-called education reformers. From school board races in Bridgeport, Conn., to the Governor’s Mansion in Virginia, the public sent a very decisive message: politicians take note because education will be a deciding factor in the next year’s gubernatorial and mid-term elections. The following is a statement from Dennis Van Roekel, a 23-year high school math teacher who is president of the 3 million-member National Education Association—the nation’s largest union of teachers and other educators.

“What this election said is that voters were paying attention. Instead of standing by and watching their rights being trampled on in their states, voters from all backgrounds stood up and said, ‘My family is important, too.’ It will be our job to remind other lawmakers of this significant mandate.

“In Bridgeport, Conn., we saw parents and educators come together to fight back against so-called ‘reformers’ by electing real, pro-public education candidates to their school board who will advocate for themselves, their students and their kids.

“Virginia students and families will reap the benefits of the Terry McAuliffe victory for years to come. Public education was a key issue in the campaign, we look forward to working with the Governor to turn the page on the current one-size-fits-all approach to educating Virginia students, increase early childhood education, reduce class size and work together to make our students’ future brighter.

“The disappointing result on Amendment 66 to improve education in Colorado comes at a time when states across the nation are struggling to close achievement gaps between students in lower-income communities with students making greater gains in more affluent school districts. Coloradans continue to be held hostage by the state’s outdated and ill-conceived funding formula that shortchanges their students. Colorado educators have been leading the nation on ensuring great public schools for every child with students consistently showing improved growth and outcomes despite the lack of financial investment in the state’s education system. The nation needs Colorado to try again—the stakes are too high to give up.”

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