The NEA Board of Directors today voted to recommend the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton for President of the United States in the Democratic Primary Election.
Clinton, who met with the board Saturday morning, received 75 percent of the vote from the 174-member NEA Board, which has voting representatives from all NEA constituents.
A NEA Board of Directors recommendation requires at least 58 percent support. All seven of the IEA members on the NEA Board voted to support the Clinton recommendation.
According to IEA President Cinda Klickna, former Secretary of State Clinton, who received the NEA’s Friend of Education Award in 1999, is a lifelong supporter of public education, and of the collective bargaining rights of education employees.
“Hillary Clinton has always been on the right side of the key education issues. She supports reducing the role of standardized tests. She believes in equal opportunity for all students, regardless of their ZIP code. She opposes school vouchers and supports making college more affordable.
“She will fight to ensure all students have access to arts education, school nurses, librarians and counselors, and funding. Hillary Clinton will be a true champion for students and public education” Klickna said.
To be considered for a recommendation, candidates must complete a questionnaire and sit for an in-person, videotaped interview with NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. The videos were made available to NEA members via the Internet.
The NEA questionnaire was sent to all viable presidential candidates, including Republicans, Democrats and third-party candidates.
The only presidential candidates to complete this process were former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and U.S. Senator Bernard “Bernie” Sanders of Vermont.