WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A healthy economy
requires a healthy public education system, and Sen. Joe Biden made it
clear in Thursday's vice presidential debate that an Obama
administration would correct the misguided education and economic
policies of the last eight years.
The following can be attributed to Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association:
"The economy is front and center on the minds of most Americans, and Sen. Joe Biden made it clear Thursday that the long-term plan for a healthy economy is to invest in public education and make a college education affordable. Quality public schools will be the 'engine' we need for economic growth. But to be that engine, and provide students with a 21st century education, our schools need adequate resources and our teachers deserve respect.
"Gov. Sarah Palin's comments about No Child Left Behind simply don't match up with McCain's policies. McCain supports NCLB, but opposes funding the law's mandates. He has voted against $5 billion for public schools, and his freeze on spending would shortchange 4.2 million disadvantaged children of the reading and math help they need. That's not reform, that's more of the same.
"McCain's health care policies would hit the middle class the hardest with a new tax on employer-provided health care benefits. With current costs averaging about $12,000, the McCain proposal doesn't even come close to helping Americans meet that need and insure their families. It would leave 20 million Americans out of employer-sponsored coverage. The real solution, as Obama has outlined, is a plan that would provide hardworking families, including NEA's 3.2 million educators, the health care they need."
The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.