The National Education Associationâ€™s highest governing body has voted to approve the recommendation of President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012.
â€œPresident Barack Obama shares our vision for a stronger America,â€ said Dennis Van Roekel, president of NEA. â€œHe has never wavered from talking about the importance of education or his dedication to a vibrant middle class."
During NEAâ€™s Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly (RA) delegates voted on a recommendation from NEAâ€™s Political Action Committee to support President Obama. The recommendation and vote are early for the 3.2 million-member NEA. The Associationâ€™s presidential recommendation process typically takes place the summer before the general election. NEA initiated this timetable in order to provide early and strong support to help ensure the election of a candidate who is on the side of students and working families.
â€œThe last two years of state legislatures and the mid-term elections were eye-opening.demonstrating what can happen when education legislation and decisions are left in the hands of politicians who do not support public schools,â€ Van Roekel added. â€œWe as a nation have to get our priorities right. We cannot sacrifice our studentsâ€™ futures by shortchanging them now.â€
Van Roekel noted that President Obama has made critical investments through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which saved and created jobs that fueled local economies, strengthened public education and brought relief to countless working families. The historic Affordable Care Act will provide health care to 32 million people, including millions of children. By approving the Education Jobs Bill, the President helped to keep class sizes from ballooning and important education programs and services from being cut.
â€œThere are two very distinct visions for this country,â€ Van Roekel said. â€œOne is about opportunities for all and one is not. This vote is about choosing a vision that our members know is best for students, for public schools and for America.â€