NEA Endorses Obama for President
President Obama and Vice-President Biden are showing the entire country why the NEA made the right choice to be the first union to recommend their re-election in 2012. Both have been waging a public fight to win approval for the American Jobs Act (AJA)—calling out those lawmakers who stand in the way of returning educators back to work, preventing students from being crammed into overcrowded classrooms, and modernizing schools across the country.
The information below contains quotes and video from the past several days featuring the President and Vice-President touting educators, the importance of public schools, and why lawmakers need to approve the funding linked to the AJA. This fight is not over. Please review the links and information below. Pass it on to your friends and colleagues. Let them see why we need to re-elect President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joseph Biden. Please visit Education Votes to find out how you can help.
Vice President Biden:
• MUST WATCH: Remarks from Vice President Biden as he addresses the Jobs Bill at the Capitol Hill Rally
• “The first piece [American Jobs Act] is a critical piece. It is about firefighters, law enforcement officers, first responders, and teachers… the people who save our lives, and give our children a chance to have good lives.”—Biden at Jobs Rally at Capitol Hill
• "Does anyone think we can lead the world with 300,000 fewer teachers in our classrooms nationwide? Do you think China's cutting teachers?" "How many guys you hear on Wall Street saying, `Cut my wage in half so we can get the economy growing a little bit so I don't have to charge you 5 percent for the debit card per month?'" –Biden referring to the announcement by some major banks that they are charging customers new monthly fees for using their debit cards.— AP: “VP Biden Talks Jobs at PA Elementary School”
• "These kids are the future of the school district, they're the future of the country. It sounds trite to say it but we can't be shortchanging them now. ... These are not someone else's children, they're our children. They're the kite strings that hold our national ambitions aloft."—AP: “VP Biden Talks Jobs at PA Elementary School”
• “...Early education is the most critical point, the most critical moment for a child. It affects all aspects of a child's later life. We don't have time to wait 13 months for the results of the next election.”—MSNBC
• [One] of the concerns that I've had over the course of the last several months -- in fact, the last couple of years -- are the layoffs that we've seen in education and the cutbacks we've seen in education all across the country. States and local governments are under a big crunch. And at precisely the time when we need to be emphasizing education and putting our resources into education, we're seeing cutbacks all across the board. Teachers are losing their jobs. Schools are having to cut back on vital programs that are helping young people. And the American Jobs Act, the bill that I put before Congress, would help to curb some of those trends. –The American Jobs Act Bus Tour: President Obama at Guilford Technical Community College, White House Blog
• "I hope that members of Congress are going to be doing a little bit of listening to teachers and educators. We have a tendency to say great things about how important education is in the abstract, but we don't always put our money where our mouth is, and it's absolutely critical right now to make sure that we don't see the kinds of cutbacks that we've been seeing." -CBS: “Education Makes a Political Comeback in Washington”
• "Next week, I'm urging members of Congress to vote on putting hundreds of thousands of teachers back in the classroom, cops back on the streets and firefighters back on the job. And if they vote 'no' on that, they'll have to tell you why. They'll have to tell you why teachers in your community don't deserve a paycheck again. They'll have to tell your kids why they don't deserve to have their teacher back. They'll have to tell you why they're against common-sense proposals that would help families and strengthen our communities right now." -The Mainichi Daily News: “Obama pushes for jobs bill to fund teachers, cops”
• As many as 280,000 education jobs are on the chopping block in the upcoming school year due to continued state budget constraints. As Todd’s personal story shows, these cuts have a significant impact on children’s education, through the reduction of school days, increased class size, and the elimination of key classes and services. The President’s plan will support state and local efforts to retain, rehire, and hire early childhood, elementary, and secondary educators (including teachers, guidance counselors, classroom assistants, afterschool personnel, tutors, and literacy and math coaches). –Budget Cuts in Pennsylvania – We Need The American Jobs Act, featuring NEA Member Todd Smeltz, White House Blog