Educators Endorse Joe Kennedy III for Congress

The National Education Association’s Political Action Committee, the NEA Fund, followed the unanimous recommendation of the Massachusetts Teachers Association’s Candidate Recommendation Committee and unanimously endorsed Joe Kennedy III for election to represent Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District.

MTA President Paul Toner said Kennedy will be a strong advocate in Congress for students and public education at all levels.

“As a member of Congress, Joe Kennedy will fight for students and for the resources we need to have strong public schools, colleges and universities,” Toner said.

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel also offered strong words of praise for the candidate. “Educators are proud to endorse Joe Kennedy III for Congress,” Van Roekel said. “If elected, he will set the right priorities for all Americans – great public schools for every student, getting the economy back on track and representing the steadfast principles of fairness and equality in Washington.”

Toner noted that Kennedy met with MTA members shortly after he announced his candidacy for the congressional seat. During discussions with educators, Toner said, Kennedy gave thoughtful responses to every question and promised to support programs that will help all students succeed.

“Among the many positive positions Joe Kennedy holds are opposing one-size-fits-all approaches to addressing the needs of our schools and supporting adequate funding for public education at all levels,” Toner said.

“He has enormous respect for the work that educators do,” Toner added.

Kennedy said he is proud to have the support of educators.

“I’m honored to win the support of the hard-working teachers of the MTA and the NEA,” Kennedy said. “They do so much to defend our country’s ultimate promise for the next generation – the idea that no matter who you are or where you come from, you get the chance to make the most of your hard work, talent and determination. Education is at the heart of that promise and at the heart of economic progress. I pledge to stand proudly with our educators and students to help restore fairness and hope to our society.”

Toner said Kennedy’s background will serve him well as a member of Congress. Kennedy spent time in the Peace Corps, was a member of a legal aid bureau and has served as an assistant district attorney both on Cape Cod and in Middlesex County.

“Joe Kennedy has pledged that he will always put the interests of students first and will keep his door open to educators,” Toner said. “He will reach out and build true partnerships to help our schools and support our public higher education system.”