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Educators welcome President Obama’s focus on opportunity for all

Visit to Lanham, Maryland highlights importance of real solutions for Americans

WASHINGTON - January 29, 2014 -

President Barack Obama on Tuesday night delivered his sixth State of the Union Address. The president made a compelling case to Congress to focus on growing the economy and creating opportunities for all Americans to succeed. Today, President Obama traveled to Lanham, Maryland to talk directly with the American people about the practical and real plan he outlined before Congress.

The following is a joint statement from NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, a veteran math teacher, and Maryland State Education Association President Betty Weller, a middle school English/science teacher:

 "As educators, we know that the road to economic security and opportunities for all Americans starts in the classroom. A strong and fair economy that works for all starts with a public education system that offers opportunity and excellence for all.

"We agree with the President’s real priorities—investing in early childhood education and making college more affordable, and raising the minimum wage—that will transform the economy and help address the serious opportunity gaps that are affecting our nation’s classrooms, students and their families."


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The National Education Association ( is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 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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