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Educators eager to hear substance on issues affecting students

NEA President: ‘Americans want real answers—not just entertaining sound bites’

WASHINGTON - October 13, 2015 -

As the five Democratic presidential candidates try their luck to win over voters in tonight’s first Democratic debate in Las Vegas, educators hope to finally hear some real substance on education issues that have been largely absent in the two Republican presidential debates held so far.

The following statement can be attributed to Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association, which represents 3 million educators:

“After seven hours of primetime Republican debates, there have been less than three minutes dedicated to discussing public education and issues important to students. All the while, it hasn’t kept GOP candidates from talking about punching educators in the face, putting guns in every classroom and banning teacher lounges to prevent educators from talking with each other.

“As the presidential race unfolds, Americans want real answers to real questions—not just entertaining sound bites. Where do the candidates stand on class size? Are the candidates committed to fixing the high-stakes standardized tests that have taken away precious classroom learning time? Who will help level the playing field so that all students have access to a great public school, regardless of their ZIP code? These are the real questions that need real, substantive answers because these are the issues that affect nearly 50 million students attending U.S. public schools.”

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