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NEA President Dennis Van Roekel meets with David Romick, President, Dayton Education Association and Lori Ward, Superintendent, Dayton Public Schools. Photo: Kevin Lock

NEA President Kicks Off Year Two of Priority Schools Campaign

“One of the things I love about teaching is that you get to start brand new with the beginning of each new school year,” NEA President Dennis Van Roekel said today. Van Roekel was in Dayton, Ohio on Monday visiting Westwood Elementary School and Belmont High School to kick-off NEA’s five-day, seven-city back-to-school tour.

“Standing Strong for Students” is the theme for this year’s tour, which is crisscrossing the country to spotlight school districts that are leaders in union-led innovation and collaboration. As budget cuts and damaging policies undermine their schools and classrooms, teachers and support professionals are forging ahead, working with their colleagues, administrators and community leaders to improve student learning. Dayton public schools is a national leader in this effort.

“From larger classes to shrinking programs, public education is facing unprecedented challenges,” said Ohio Education Association President Patricia Frost-Brooks, who accompanied Van Roekel in Dayton. “Yet with a steadfast commitment to our students, we push on.“

NEA’s Back-to-School Tour marks the official start of year two of the Association’s Priority Schools Campaign(PSC), a multi-year effort in 16 states to help transform 34 low-performing schools. PSC works in Dayton at Belmont.

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