Public Education Supporters Make Final Election Push Today

By Cynthia McCabe

It’s a sprint to the finish for backers of candidates who support public education.

This weekend, in between trick-or-treating and watching football, they dialed from phonebanks (even NEA President Dennis Van Roekel made calls), knocked on doors and waved signs for the candidates who they know will make a difference for the public schools in their state and the nation. The work continues today.

In the final week of the campaign, NEA increased its independent expenditure campaign from $15 million to $17 million and is unveiling several new ads in key federal races that draw clear distinctions between pro-public education candidates and their opponents.  The ads hit the opponents hard on a variety of topics including education, jobs and the economy, the illegal drug epidemic, and Wall Street greed.

In total, NEA contributed $40 million to midterm races throughout the campaign.

(Read Atlantic Monthly coverage of NEA’s campaign 2010 efforts. Tune into C-SPAN’s Washington Journal Monday morning at 7:45 a.m. to watch NEA Campaigns and Elections Director Karen White discuss the effort.)

“NEA is letting voters know that our education champions will not only make good decisions about what’s best for public education but also the issues that touch families and communities across the country—jobs, the economy, strengthening the middle class, and protecting Social Security,” said NEA Campaigns and Elections Manager Lynne Garramone-Mason. “Research shows educators are respected and valued community members; it’s our responsibility to let voters know the candidates we believe will be strong advocates for quality public education and working families.”

Learn more about NEA’s campaign 2010 activities at EducationVotes. You’ll find profiles of NEA member activists and see why NEA is supporting particular candidates this year. And in NEA’s Press Center, find more information about specific NEA campaign expenditures on behalf of public education supporters.

Photos: Christian Lopez (top); Ohio Education Association (bottom)