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Tennessee educator elected to stand strong for students and public education

Earl Wiman to serve on NEA Executive Committee

CHICAGO - July 04, 2011 -

Facing unprecedented attacks on their rights and profession, thousands of National Education Association (NEA) members from across America elected Tennessee educator, Earl Wiman, to the NEA Executive Committee on Monday. The nine-member executive committee is the governing body that oversees the 3.2 million-member NEA.

“I am humbled to receive this vote of confidence from my peers,” said Earl Wiman. “Every student deserves  great public schools and I am honored to work on behalf of an advocacy organization like NEA that is responsible for making that vision a reality. I look forward to working side-by-side with NEA leaders to continue to stand up against attacks on our profession and public education.”

A former kindergarten teacher, principal and media specialist now on special assignment for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Earl Wiman will begin serving his three-year term on the Executive Committee this July. For more than 30 years, Wiman has been an ardent advocate for teachers and education support staff. He is  past president of the 55,000-member Tennessee Education Association.

“Now more than ever we need Earl’s voice and endless energy to push back against the coordinated attacks on public education and working families across America,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “I am confident he will draw on his more than 30 years of experience as a classroom educator and Association leader to continue to deliver on the promise of  great public schools for every student.” 

Nearly 9,000 educators from every state are attending NEA’s Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly (RA) through July 5. The RA is the top decision-making body for the 3.2 million-member NEA. Delegates set Association policy and address issues facing schools, students and the teaching profession.

The Executive Committee is comprised of NEA’s three executive officers and six members, elected at-large by delegates to the Representative Assembly. The Executive Committee is responsible for general policy and financial interests of NEA and acts for the NEA Board of Directors in between the board's four regularly scheduled meetings each year.

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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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