NEA Supports Tour Highlighting Impact of Poverty

NEA Supports Tour Highlighting Impact of Poverty
MTA president says issue is 'a very important focus for our entire nation'

The NEA, through its Office of Minority Community Outreach, is partnering with broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Princeton professor Cornel West, hosts of the nationally syndicated public radio program Smiley & West on Public Radio International, as they take to the road on a 15-city tour to highlight poverty in America.

The goal is to bring the plight of the poor and disadvantaged to the forefront of the public policy discussion.

“This is a very important focus for our entire nation,” said MTA President Paul Toner. “Massachusetts educators know only too well about the effects of poverty on children, their families and our public education system. This tour serves to highlight an issue that deserves to be at the top of our national priority list, and I applaud the NEA for participating. We need to put poverty in the spotlight and help alleviate its impact in every way we can for the sake of our students and our nation’s future.”

The tour – carrying the themes of education and workers’ rights as well as poverty – lasts until August 12 and is taking West and Smiley through major areas of the Midwest and the South.

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