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NEA President Goes Back to School

Lily Eskelsen García to visit schools in Georgia, South Carolina Mississippi and Louisiana

WASHINGTON - September 08, 2015 -

National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García is hitting the road to visit students and educators as they begin the 2015-16 school year. She will embark on a two week back-to-school tour September 8-18 visiting schools and hosting town hall events in Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Eskelsen García will join local and state education leaders in highlighting public school success stories, innovations and partnerships. The tour's theme, “Opportunity for All: Unite. Inspire. Lead” will focus on NEA’s work to unite, lead and inspire solutions to close the opportunity gaps.

“Opportunity is the cornerstone of public education,” says Eskelsen García. “We believe that every student, regardless of their ZIP code, deserves the opportunity to learn and grow through great public schools. Educating all our students is the best investment we can make in our future.”

In several cities, Eskelsen García will host town hall meetings with educators, community members, state and local officials to talk about social justice reform, income inequality, school control or lack of adequate funding and other education issues.
Eskelsen García will be visiting Atlanta and Savannah, Ga.; Beaufort, Charleston and Columbia, S.C.; Meridian and Jackson, Miss.; and Baton Rouge and Lafayette, La.

“We still have a lot of work to do to ensure all of ours students attend a great public school. But these conversations are a step in the right direction,” says García. “Educators enter their schoolhouses every morning with one desire foremost in their minds: that every student they encounter that day will know an educator cares for them and is dedicated to teaching and inspiring them to reach their full potential.”

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NEA's Back to School Tour 2015