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Pennsylvania educators recommend Rep. Glenn Thompson’s reelection to Congress

Rep. Thompson pledges to put students, educators, and working families ahead of partisan politics

WASHINGTON - August 12, 2014 -

The National Education Association’s political action committee, the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education, recommended the reelection of U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) to the United States House of Representatives.

“Rep. Glenn Thompson has been an important voice in support of Pennsylvania educators and students in Washington,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “We know that he will continue to put students and educators ahead of partisan politics, because he knows firsthand that ensuring great public schools for all students is not a Democratic or Republican issue. He also understands that the road to economic prosperity and security starts in our nation’s public schools. That’s why we are proud to recommend the reelection of Rep. Glenn Thompson for Congress.”

As a member of the U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee, Rep. Thompson has been a steady supporter of issues important to NEA, educators and students. He’s been a voice in support of local control rather than federal mandates on issues like evaluating teachers based on high-stakes standardized test scores; he’s opposed shifting limited federal resources away from Title I schools including through private school vouchers; he’s voted across party lines to expand the S-CHIP (to provide more children with health insurance) and he’s a strong supporter of Career and Technical Education programs.

He’s also a co-sponsor of several bills that are priorities for NEA, including a bill to create a national award recognizing the important role education support professionals play in our children’s education; a bill to extend and expand a tax deduction for educators who spend money out of their own pocket to help provide school supplies for their students; and legislation to repeal Social Security offsets known as GPO / WEP, which penalize public servants including educators.

“We are pleased to recommend Rep. Thompson in his bid for re-election,” said Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) Central Region Political Action Committee for Education Chair Todd Russell. “He has been an advocate for teachers and public education by fighting for Title I funding, vocational technical education and to reverse the No Child Left Behind which will allow students to focus on learning, and not simply standardized testing.”

The NEA Fund for Children and Public Education provides support to recommended candidates for president, U.S. House and Senate who will fight to support educators and students and improve public education. PSEA advocates for all members and strong, effective public schools. PSEA represents 180,000 public school teachers and education support professionals, staff in state higher education institutions, nurses in health care facilities, retired educators, and college students preparing to become teachers. No PSEA member dues dollars support the NEA Fund.

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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.

Miguel A. Gonzalez, (202) 822-7823,