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Educators endorse Elizabeth Warren for the U.S. Senate

The National Education Association’s Political Action Committee, The NEA Fund, has endorsed the candidacy of Elizabeth Warren for the U.S. Senate. Election experts are predicting the Massachusetts Senate race between Democrat Elizabeth Warren and Republican Senator Scott Brown will be one of the most closely watched races this cycle. Control of the U.S. Senate could be at stake.

The NEA Fund endorsement was based on the advice of the Massachusetts Teachers Association’s Candidate Recommendation Committee. The MTA is an affiliate of the NEA.

“Elizabeth Warren has the right values and vision to stand up for educators and students in Congress,” MTA President Paul Toner said. “She understands the issues facing teachers because she was one. Elizabeth Warren recognizes just how important good teachers are to the future of our families, communities, and our country, and will fight to create new opportunities for all of our students from preschool to graduate school.”

While most people know that Warren is a law professor at Harvard University, Toner said, few people know that before she went to law school she worked at a public elementary school in New Jersey teaching special needs students. Having a U.S. Senator with a teaching background, Toner added, will be a huge benefit to educators, educational support professionals, faculty and staff working in public schools and colleges across the Commonwealth.

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of educators,” said Elizabeth Warren. “Education is at the core of investing in our future and building a strong middle class.  For years, I have worked to level the playing field for middle class families, and I will continue the fight to ensure both students and teachers have the tools they need to succeed here in Massachusetts."

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel noted Warren’s commitment to helping middle-class families.

“Educators are proud to endorse Elizabeth Warren for the U.S. Senate,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “If elected, she will set the right priorities for all Americans—an economy that works for all, not just a chosen few, and more opportunities for those who work hard and play by the rules. As an educator herself, she understands that the road to economic prosperity runs directly through our nation’s public schools. She will step up to the plate, stand up to Wall Street and provide a much-needed voice for hard-working Americans.”

The NEA Fund, the NEA’s national political action committee, provides direct financial support to recommended candidates for president, the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate who will fight to support teachers, staff and students and improve public education. The Massachusetts Teachers Association represents 110,000 teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff.