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Michigan educators: trust us when we say Gov. Snyder cut $1 billion in education

New NEA television ad buy puts trust smack in the middle of the competitive Michigan race

WASHINGTON - October 31, 2014 -

With less than one week to go until Election Day, the NEA Advocacy Fund is running a significant, six-figure, tough television ad in the competitive Michigan governor’s race. Titled "Every day" Michigan educators ask voters to fact-check Gov. Rick Snyder’s claims that he didn’t make $1 billion in education cuts. They also remind voters about the impact the Snyder cuts had on students and schools. The ad runs through Nov. 3 in the Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Flint media markets.

"Gov. Rick Snyder is trying to pull a fast one on Michigan voters," said NEA Political Director Karen White. "Not only is he trying to deny that he cut $1 billion in education funding but he trying to claim that he increased school funding. Trust us, teachers in Michigan know firsthand the impact of the Snyder cuts on their students, their classrooms, and schools because they see them every day. The bottom line is that when school budgets are cut, kids pay the price. And the type of cuts that Gov. Snyder made to education funding hurt the most. Just ask a teacher, or a bus driver, or a teacher assistant, or other essential school personnel. That’s why educators across the state are out in full force, pounding the pavement, sending hand-written notes, phone banking, and working hard to remind the public who is responsible for those cuts."

"The road to economic security runs directly through public education. We need to invest in education now and prepare our children for the jobs of the 21st century. Instead of balancing the budget on the backs of students, we need our elected leaders to focus their efforts on rebuilding Michigan’s economy in order to move the state forward," concluded White.

Every day Ad script

Video: Alexandra Dey, 2nd Grade Teacher, Thurston Elementary School

Audio: “Governor Rick Snyder cut a billion dollars from education.”

Video: Syndeara Jackson, 1st Grade Reading Recovery, Neinas Elementary School

Audio: “A billion dollars.”

Video: Gillian Williams, Speech/Language Pathologist, Lincoln Consolidated Schools

Audio: “Now he claims he increased school funding?”

Video: Jason Patton, 9th Grade Math Teacher, Plymouth Educational Center

Audio: “Not in my classroom.”

Video: Janice Alvardo Stewart, Kindergarten Teacher, Thurston Elementary School

Audio: “Or mine.”

Video: Chandra Madafferi, Health Teacher, Novi High School

Audio: “Definitely not mine.”

Video: Alexandra Dey

Audio: “Rick Snyder’s education cuts meant my classroom got more crowded.”

Video: Robert Gaines III

Audio: “Good teachers were laid off.”

Video: Jason Patton

Audio: “It hurts the economy, a good job comes from a good education. ”

Audio: Tell Rick Snyder He Cut $1 Billion From Education

Video: Gillian Williams “Rick Snyder did cut a billion dollars from education.”

Audio: “We know, because we see it every day.”

The NEA Advocacy Fund, NEA’s independent expenditure PAC, paid for this ad and is responsible for its content.

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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.

CONTACT: Miguel A. Gonzalez