by Colleen Flaherty
President Barack Obama has won in an historic election for our nation’s students. Gone are the fears that the public education system will be replaced with voucher schemes and privatization, as supported by challengers Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
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Obama has worked tirelessly to make higher education affordable to anyone who wants to attend. He has been a fearless advocate for the middle class as the first president to pass significant health care reform, which has helped tens of thousands of families and their children.
“President Obama’s re-election is a victory for students and their educators,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “Americans have spoken and they’ve chosen to continue moving forward. Voters made clear that they value public education, workers’ rights, health care, women’s rights and a strong middle class.”