by Félix Pérez
What better way to spend the day after Independence Day than with more than 7,500 patriotic educators in the nation’s capital? So will be the case for Hillary Clinton, presumptive Democratic nominee for president of the United States.
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Tomorrow, Clinton, former Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, First Lady of the United States and First Lady of Arkansas, will address active and retired teachers, education support professionals and higher education staff at the National Education Association’s 95th Representative Assembly.
A past recipient of the Friend of Education Award, NEA’s highest honor, Clinton was recommended for the presidential primary by the NEA Board of Directors last October. The 174-member board has voting representatives from every segment of the educator community. Secretary Clinton is slated to speak beginning between 10:45 and 11 a.m. EST.
At the time of her primary recommendation by the NEA Board of Directors, Clinton said:
I’ve stood with educators throughout my career — from my early days working at the Children’s Defense Fund to my success creating a new teacher recruitment program in the Senate. As president, I will fight to defend workers’ right to organize and unions’ right to bargain collectively, and I will ensure that teachers always have a voice and a seat at the table in making decisions that impact their work.
Tomorrow afternoon, the 7,500 delegates to the Representative Assembly, NEA’s highest decision-making body, will vote on whether to recommend Clinton for the general election. Support from at least 58 percent of delegates, who hail from every state, is required for a presidential candidate recommendation.
NEA members and their families are a significant voting bloc, totaling 5 million nationwide. In fact, one in every 100 Americans is an NEA member. NEA household voters account for one in every 32 votes. Additionally, NEA voter turnout rates exceed 90 percent in the most critical battleground presidential states.