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Educators endorse U.S. Rep. Lois Capps’ reelection to Congress

Rep. Capps pledges to continue to champion education, educators and students

WASHINGTON - May 05, 2014 -

The National Education Association’s political action committee, the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education, today, endorsed the reelection of U.S. Rep. Lois Capps to the U.S. Congress.

“Congresswoman Lois Capps is one of us, and she shares our values and the values of California working families of the 24th Congressional District,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “She understands that the road to economic prosperity and security starts in our nation’s public schools. In Washington, she’s ably put students and educators ahead of politics. She pledges to invest in our schools and continue to champion educators and students in shaping federal education policy. She’s also a staunch advocate for California working families and, if reelected, will continue to work hard to make the economy work for all of us—not just the wealthy few and corporations. That’s why we are proud to endorse Lois Capps for reelection.”

Rep. Capps was a school nurse and health advocate in Santa Barbara County for 20 years. Over the course of her career, thousands of children and families benefited from her personal care and leadership. For 10 years, she was also a part-time instructor of early childhood education at Santa Barbara City College. In Congress, she serves on the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee and also its Health Subcommittee.

“I am honored to have the support of the California Teachers Association and the National Education Association and the thousands of educators they represent,” said Rep. Lois Capps. “Our educators play a critical role in shaping young lives, improving education for all young people, and preparing students to be our nation's future leaders.”

“Rep. Lois Capps has the right values and vision to speak up in Congress for educators and students,” said Dean E. Vogel, president of the California Teachers Association (CTA). “As a lawmaker who puts people first, she understands the pressing issues facing our schools. She recognizes the important role education plays in preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow so that America can compete in the global marketplace. We are proud to call Rep. Capps a friend of educators because she will make the right choices to grow the economy for all working families, not just the wealthy and corporations.”

The NEA Fund for Children and Public Education, the NEA’s national political action committee, provides direct financial support to candidates for president, U.S. House, and U.S. Senate who will fight to support teachers, staff, and students and improve public education. CTA represents 110,000 teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff.

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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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