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2009 News Releases

Pursuit of Real Health Care Reform Continues December 24, 2009

Health plan excise tax based on unrealistic, harmful theory December 15, 2009

 “Tax the millionaires, not teachers and bus drivers,” says NEA VP December 10, 2009

NEA backs new bills to create federal school safety guidelines December 9, 2009

Urban schools’ math results underscore need for change December 9, 2009

Christy Levings takes leadership role with national board December 3, 2009

NEA member receives USA Network’s inaugural ‘Characters Unite Award’ December 2, 2009

NEA Expresses Concerns With Senate Health Care Reform November 20, 2009

Bono tops the chart as favorite celebrity substitute educator November 20, 2009

Los profesionales auxiliares de la enseñanza son el centro de atención November 18, 2009

Education support professionals get spotlight from Secretary of Education November 18, 2009

La Semana de la Educación Americana une a las comunidades November 16, 2009

American Education Week brings community together November 16, 2009

NEA study finds digital divide narrowing in U.S. public schools November 16, 2009

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel on Race to the Top final application November 12, 2009

House passes comprehensive health insurance reform bill without taxing middle-class workers November 7, 2009

NEA Partners with Lionsgate to present Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire November 6, 2009

NEA President: collaboration is the key to improving student achievement November 4, 2009

Deeper cuts in funding for state and local services avoided with rejection of TABOR November 4, 2009

The Affordable Health Care for America Act provides real reform without taxing America’s middle-class workers October 30, 2009

NEA shines light on “invisibility factor” experienced by American Indian/Alaska Native students October 29, 2009

NEA applauds President Obama’s signing of hate crimes legislation October 28, 2009

NEA president: a great public school for every student begins with a great teacher October 28, 2009

Sen. Reid stands up to partisan pressure and commits to public option October 26, 2009

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is working for America’s students October 19, 2009

NEA applauds President Obama’s Child Health Day proclamation October 5, 2009

NEA responds to attacks on Department of Education Official October 2, 2009

NEA underscores need for multiple criteria in teacher assessment October 1, 2009

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel testifies about turning around high-need schools September 30, 2009

NEA president reacts to Obama’s plan to extend school time September 28, 2009

NEA salutes winners of 2009 Broad Prize for Urban Education September 24, 2009

NEA president on Obama administration’s vision for fixing and reauthorizing federal education law September 24, 2009

NEA contributes voice of education to annual legislative conference September 24, 2009

Educators applaud collaboration and high level goals September 23, 2009

Increasing number of undocumented students prompts new guide for schools September 23, 2009

NEA calls on Obama to fulfill campaign promise of Global Fund for Education September 23, 2009

NEA President: “Congress must provide quality, affordable health insurance for all” September 18, 2009

NEA pledges to work with new AFL-CIO president September 17, 2009

NEA president condemns actions of dismissed ACORN employees September 17, 2009

Educators and policymakers discuss inclusiveness and Universal Design for Learning September 16, 2009

NEA applauds steps to help students with disabilities September 15, 2009

NEA president says labor unity is necessary to rebuilding America's middle class September 15, 2009

NEA VP: face of America changing but education remains key to opportunity September14, 2009

NEA president congratulates Sen. Harkin on becoming chair of Senate Health, Labor, Education and Pensions Committee September 10, 2009

Educators observe September 11 as National Day of Service and Remembrance September 11, 2009

NEA president joins Obama's call for comprehensive health insurance
September 9, 2009

Organized labor must be an active player in rebuilding the middle class September 7, 2009

Obama urges students to take responsibility for their education September 6, 2009

NEA commits $6 million to support quality teaching in high-needs schools September 3, 2009

NEA members unite for health care reform August 26, 2009

NEA: Kennedy was a friend to children and public education August 26, 2009

New TV Ad: Small Business Backs Reform; Thanks Key Members for Support August 12, 2009

D.C. voucher bill proposes more of the same, failed policies July 30, 2009

Education Department announces "Race to the Top" guidelines July 24, 2009

NEA echoes president’s call to pass comprehensive health care reform bill July 22, 2009

President’s community college initiative would expand education opportunities for millions of Americans July 14, 2009

Call to transform public education with frontline educators at the helm July 6, 2009

88th annual NEA Representative Assembly concludes

Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond named NEA’s 2009 Friend of Education July 6, 2009

Influential education policy writer and researcher honored by educators

NEA Annual Meeting Delegates Elect Six New Leaders July 5, 2009

Greg Johnson and Joyce Powell join NEA Executive Committee


National Teacher of the Year addresses thousands of fellow educators July 5, 2009

Keynote emphasizes need to stick up for their work and stand up for all students

Washington Paraeducator Challenges NEA Delegates July 4, 2009

ESP of the Year promises to be a champion for colleagues

NEA president calls on members to lead efforts to transform public education and work to help strengthen the middle class July 3, 2009

NEA panel focuses on education equity issues July 3, 2009

NEA members and minority community panelists discuss education and race

NEA honors Bill Richardson with America's Greatest Education Governor Award July 3, 2009

Educators recognize Gov. Richardson’s efforts to improve public schools

La NEA honra a Bill Richardson con el Premio al Mejor Gobernador de la Educación en América

July 3, 2009

Los educadores reconocen la labor del Gobernador Richardson para mejorar las escuelas públicas


NEA hits PETCO Park Friday July 3, 2009

Education Secretary Duncan hears from NEA members on education reform July 2, 2009

Education secretary addresses more than 7,000 NEA members at Annual Meeting

NEA votes to endorse Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court June 30, 2009

Los San Diego Padres juegan con niños locales June 30, 2009

San Diego Padres get into the game with local kids June 30, 2009

Hundreds of NEA volunteers transform Balboa Elementary School in annual ‘Outreach to Teach’ June 27, 2009

Nation’s educators to honor ‘Three Cups of Tea’ author Greg Mortenson June 26, 2009

Mortenson helped build more than 80 schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan

Educators award Los Angeles artist and civil rights activist with national honor June 26, 2009

C. Jerome Woods has worked to encourage cultural pride

Young men from Wichita to receive NEA Human and Civil Rights Award June 26, 2009

Honorees raised funds to stop genocide worldwide

Local activist to receive NEA Human and Civil Rights Award June 26, 2009

Clara Luper has been working to advance civil rights for more than 50 years

Educators engage in frank discussion on teacher quality June 26, 2009

Secretary of education and NEA discuss critical issues in San Diego, Calif. on July 2, 2009

Local educator to receive NEA Human and Civil Rights Award June 24, 2009

Vida Sue Stabler has worked to preserve and revitalize the culture and language of the Umonhon (Omaha) tribe

San Francisco legendary social activist LeRoy King to receive Human and Civil Rights Award June 24, 2009

NEA to honor King in San Diego, Calif. on July 2, 2009

Local educator to receive national Human and Civil Rights Award June 24, 2009

Historian helped create awareness of plight of interned Japanese Americans

Tampa educator to receive national Human and Civil Rights Award June 24, 2009

Dr. Walter L. Smith will be honored for bringing education, leadership opportunities to Africa

Local New York educator to receive NEA Human and Civil Rights Award June 24, 2009

NEA to honor retired social worker Mary Jane Karger on July 2, 2009 in San Diego, Calif.

Two Alabama legends to receive national Human and Civil Rights Award June 24, 2009

A segregated Ala., no match for Hubbert and Reed’s vision of equality in public education and politics

Nation’s educators to honor Ah Quon McElrath June 23, 2009

Former social worker to be honored with posthumous award

Local educator to receive national human and civil rights award June 22, 2009

Speech pathologist’s groundbreaking work with bilingual and speech impaired students to be honored

Educators tackle issue of student safety and its effects on achievement June 19, 2009

NEA releases report to combat harassment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students

Charter schools perform no better, and often worse, than public schools June 17, 2009

New CREDO report examines charter school performance

Federal government should promote innovation in public schools June 12, 2009

Public discussion must be expanded beyond charter schools

Senate health care bill would provide for 9 million uninsured children June 10, 2009

Health care reform is vital to students’ success

Nearly 10,000 educators gather for annual dialogue on pressing education issues June 8, 2009

NEA hosts its Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly in San Diego June 27–July 6

Eskelsen recognized as Hispanic Business Magazine’s 2009 Woman of the Year finalist June 6, 2009

Award acknowledges rise from cafeteria worker to leader of largest labor organization in U.S.

NEA touts need for comprehensive evaluation systems June 1, 2009

Educators emphasize concerns about ineffective evaluation systems

Van Roekel speaks at “Close the Gap” rally May 16, 2009

Reinforces longstanding commitment to closing achievement gaps

National Partnership Formed to Address Dropout Crisis NEA and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to develop initiative to collectively promote high school graduation May 13, 2009

Groundbreaking Alliance Addresses the National Dropout Crisis with Collective Action and Innovation

President Obama’s Budget Builds on Historic Investment in Quality Public Schools May 7, 2009

President Barack Obama’s proposed budget, released Thursday, builds on historic funding increases for public education provided in the economic stimulus legislation

U.S. education secretary, members of Congress unveil project to thank teachers May 4, 2009

Hundreds of students, teachers join VIPs on Capitol Hill for unveiling of NEA’s ‘Teacher Thank-You Project’  

El Secretario de Educación de EE.UU. y miembros del Congreso inauguran proyecto para dar gracias a los maestros Mayo 4, 2009

Cientos de estudiantes y maestros se unen a VIPs en Capitol Hill para inaugurar el ´Proyecto de Agradecimiento a los Maestros´, de la NEA

U.S. education secretary, Congress to thank teachers in unprecedented way May 4, 2009

Hundreds of students, teachers to gather on Capitol Hill to unveil ‘NEA’s Teacher Thank-You Project’ on eve of National Teacher Day

NEA urges Congress to continue funding program that benefits disadvantaged Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders May 1, 2009

The nation will celebrate the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in May, Asian Pacific Heritage Month. During this time of celebration, it is important to remember the challenges facing this diverse group.

NEA Vice President Eskelsen: education remains the key to opportunity April 30, 2009

National Education Association Vice President Lily Eskelsen, one of the highest-ranking labor leaders in the country and one of its most influential Hispanic educators, today joined policymakers and Latino leaders at a forum hosted by the National Latino Children’s Institute to identify challenges and opportunities to address the needs of Latinos and their children.

Obama administration off to remarkable start during first 100 days in office April 29, 2009

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel today thanked President Barack Obama for making education a cornerstone of his vision for America in the 21st century during his first 100 days in office.

Narrowing achievement gaps eclipsed by failing economy April 28, 2009

The National Center for Education Statistics today released its long-term trend assessments in reading and mathematics based on National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) scores.

NEA member named 2009 National Teacher of the Year April 28, 2009

NEA member and former police officer Anthony Mullen will today be named the 59th National Teacher of the Year by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony.

NEA applauds efforts to quantify education achievement gaps April 22, 2009

Reacting to the dismal numbers announced in a report on the economic impacts of achievement gaps, the National Education Association again expresses its deep concern that there are still individuals who do not see a fundamental flaw in the system that allows our schools to shortchange our students.

NEA reiterates support for Global Campaign for Education April 21, 2009

NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen joined leaders from around world today in support of the education rights of children, including the right to professional, quality teachers and access to quality public education.

NEA reiterates collaboration as key to keeping teachers April 7, 2009

Report findings affirm organization's work to support teachers.

NEA welcomes bipartisan legislation to fix flaw in immigration system March 31, 2009

Education is the key to achieving the American DREAM.

NEA applauds call for federal resourcesMarch 26, 2009

Educators support National Urban League’s positions on education.

NEA vice president handpicked to be part of national “Mom Congress” effort March 24, 2009

Mothers are always asked to wear multiple hats, and National Education Association Vice President Lily Eskelsen is no exception.

La Vice Presidenta de NEA fue escogida especialmente para formar parte de la campaña nacional del “Congreso de las Madres” Marzo 24, 2009

Lily Eskelsen proporcionará sus conocimientos y experiencia a las madres para abogar por la reforma educacional.

Olympia special education educator wins national award March 13, 2009

Afterschool program creator, special education trainer and union activist Kathie Axtell earned the National Education Association’s (NEA) ESP of the Year Award

Cleaning for health: custodians honored for improving school environment March 12, 2009

The critical role that custodians play in improving school health through cleaning is now in the spotlight.

Protecting workers’ rights strengthens the economy March 10, 2009

America’s labor unions have led the fight for working families, winning protections such as the 8-hour day and the 40-hour week, overtime rights, and access to health care and retirement security.

President Obama’s vision for 21st century America centers on strengthening education March 10, 2009

President Barack Obama today expanded on earlier remarks about his vision for education in America in the 21st century.

NEA applauds President Obama's commitment to health care reform March 5, 2009

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel today applauded President Barack Obama for holding a White House summit to jump-start a national dialogue about health care reform, calling the effort vital to the nation’s economic recovery and a crucial ingredient for great public schools for all students.

President Obama nominates Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of health and human services March 2, 2009

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel applauded the cabinet nomination and the administration’s continued efforts to protect the basic right of every student to quality health care and a quality education.

President’s budget would strengthen economy by investing in education February 26, 2009

President Barack Obama’s federal budget proposal, released Thursday, calls for important investments in quality public education—from preschool through higher education—to prepare students to compete with 21st century skills.

President Barack Obama addresses joint session of Congress February 24, 2009

President Barack Obama tonight addressed a joint session of Congress to outline his ambitious vision for America in the 21st century, pledging to make education a national priority in his administration and usher a new era of national service for this and future generations, echoing sentiments he expressed during his historic inaugural address a little more than a month ago.

NEA partners to develop standards for measuring 21st century skills February 23, 2009

NEA is pleased to announce its partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Governors Association, Achieve, Inc., the Alliance for Excellent Education, the Hunt Institute, the National Association of State Boards of Education, and the Business Roundtable, in a new state-led initiative to improve the access of every student to a complete, high-quality education that provides the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the 21st century.

Obama signs American Recovery and Reinvestment Act February 17, 2009

President Barack Obama today signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, landmark legislation to help struggling families, public schools and states around the country cope with the worst economic and financial crisis since the Great Depression.

NEA President Van Roekel on House passage of American economic recovery package February 13, 2009

The U.S. House of Representatives today approved a conference report on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a package aimed at helping states, public schools and families around the country cope with the worst economic and financial crisis since the Great Depression.

NEA president comments on Senate approval of economic recovery package February 10, 2009

The U.S. Senate today approved the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a package aimed at providing funds to states, communities, and public schools around the country to cope with the worst economic and financial crisis since the Great Depression.

Educators urge Senate to act quickly to inject much needed funds into ailing economy February 5, 2009

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and education leaders from across the country today joined Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Americans affected by the worst economic and financial crisis since the Great Depression, in urging the Senate to act quickly to inject much needed funds into the ailing economy, especially the nation’s public schools and colleges.

Better teacher development is key to student success February 4, 2009

Sustained and intensive professional development for teachers has a direct and positive impact on student achievement. American teachers report that much of the professional development available to them is not useful. That’s the message from a national report released today by the National Staff Development Council.

Obama Signs Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act Into Law January 29, 2009

President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law today, a move that restores a basic protection against pay discrimination threatened by the 2007 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Ledbetter v. Goodyear.

New Report Based on Flawed Assumptions January 29, 2009

A report released today by the National Council for Teacher Quality (NCTQ) grades all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their ability to recruit, retain and evaluate teachers.

NEA President comments on House economic recovery and reinvestment package January 28, 2009

The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a two-year, $150 billion federal investment aimed at injecting much needed funds into the nation’s schools, states and communities to cope with the worst economic and financial crisis since the Great Depression.

Millions of educators mark historic presidential inauguration January 20, 2009

The 3.2 million members of the National Education Association joined in celebrating the inauguration of the nation's 44th president, Barack Obama, and the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

NEA members to march in 56th presidential inaugural parade January 13, 2009

America’s workers will display their colors on January 20 and participate in the official inaugural parade for the nation’s 44th president, Barack Obama. Members from the National Education Association will join the AFL-CIO and Change to Win as part of a 265-member ensemble that represents every face of working America

NEA Health Information Network and Sprint expand Internet safety resources for educators and parents January 13, 2009

New comprehensive Web site,, and Spanish language resources kick off second year of raising Internet safety awareness to educators, parents, and teens.

NEA, AFT and Presidential Inaugural Committee Bring Obama Inauguration to the Classroom January 12, 2009

At the request of the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC), the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) worked together to create a series of instructional guides and activities to help teachers across the country bring the 56th Presidential Inauguration to life in their classrooms.

No Child Left Behind cemented as failed education legacy of President Bush January 8, 2009

For seven years, educators have been living and working with the unintended and harmful consequences of No Child Left Behind, which judges schools and children based solely on standardized test scores at the expense of preparing them with 21st century skills.

NEA Remembers Claiborne Pell January 4, 2009

The National Education Association mourns the passing of Claiborne Pell, a leading voice on education and labor issues and the author of a landmark student-aid program during his 36 years in the U.S. Senate.

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