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NEA Statement on the Life of Dr. Paul Hubbert

Former Alabama Education Association Executive Secretary passed away yesterday at the age of 78

WASHINGTON - October 15, 2014 -

Statement from National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García and Executive Director John Stocks:

Dr. Paul Hubbert was a giant in the cause for public education. Throughout his career, he fought tirelessly to ensure that every student in Alabama had access to a high-quality education. Despite limits on collective bargaining rights in his state, Paul Hubbert, along with Joe Reed and the leaders and staff of the Alabama Education Association, built the most powerful grassroots advocacy organization in Alabama, with 105,000 members vigorously championing the cause of public education, educators, and the students they serve.

He was the quintessential southern gentleman. He went out his way to help those in need of an advocate and a voice. He was the first to arrive at the office each morning and always the last to leave. Paul never turned his back on his members and never backed down from a fight. He was the Theodore Roosevelt of our movement, speaking softly and carrying a big stick. The entire NEA family mourns his loss and celebrates his life.

To read Alabama Education Association’s statement on Dr. Hubbert, please click here.


The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing nearly 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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