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Republican presidential candidates ignore students and working families

NEA President: ‘Road to strong economy starts in America’s classrooms,’ investing in students

WASHINGTON - October 28, 2015 -

The following statement can be attributed to Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest union that represents 3 million members:

“It’s a shame that every GOP presidential candidate on stage tonight failed to recognize the road to a strong economy starts in America’s classroom and begins with investing in our greatest natural resource—our students.

"If nothing else, the Republican presidential candidates are consistent. Unfortunately, that only means they consistently ignore the needs of children, working families and those everyday Americans who are finding it harder and harder to get by, let alone get ahead.      

“America needs a president who focuses on the substantive issues—such as expanding early childhood education, closing the opportunity gaps, and addressing the crushing college debt that is crippling students—that largely were absent from tonight’s debate.

“We need a vision and a plan that will keep America moving forward. We didn’t hear that tonight.”


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