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NEA President Welcomes Delegates

President Dennis Van Roekel welcomes delegates.

President Dennis Van Roekel welcomes delegates.

Highlights from the NEA RA today included speeches by NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.

Van Roekel called for NEA members to lead the nation in transforming public education as he opened the 88th NEA Representative Assembly.

Delegates listen to Van Roekel.

Delegates listen to Van Roekel.

“We have the kind of opportunity that comes along only once in a lifetime,” Van Roekel said. “An opportunity to transform public education and to realize our great audacious vision: a great public school for every student.”

Delegates answered that call – with early votes that position the Association for action on NCLB and health care reform, and at the forefront of efforts in the country’s high-poverty schools.

New Mexico's Governor Bill Richardson points to his state's delegation after recieveing the "America's Greatest Education Governor Award."

New Mexico's Governor Bill Richardson points to his state's delegation after recieveing the "America's Greatest Education Governor Award."

The NEA RA also honored New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson with its America’s Greatest Education Governor award. Richardson, who raised teacher salaries and increased education funding in his state, as well as provided greater educational opportunities for students through increased pre-K and full-day kindergarten programs, called it “one of the greatest honors I’ve ever received.”

Click “read more…” below for more photos of the CEA delegation at the NEA RA.

Connecticut delegates applaud during a question-and-answer session with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on July 2.

Connecticut delegates applaud during a question-and-answer session with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on July 2.

CEA delegates boarded several Old Towne Trolleys for a two-hour evening tour of San Diego on July 1. The tour gave delegates a better understanding of the history of the city they are visiting for the NEA RA.

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