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America’s Largest Teachers Union Endorses Barbara L’Italien For Congress

Jun 05, 2018 06:52AM ● By Theresa Gilman

State Senator Barbara L’Italien

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by Barbara L’Italien for Congress.)

ANDOVER, MA — The National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers union, has announced their support for State Senator Barbara L’Italien in the Third Congressional District race. The NEA has over three million members, with 110,000 in the Massachusetts Teachers Association, and is a powerful force for public schools.
 
 
Barbara L’Italien, the daughter of a teacher and the mother of two more, has been a champion for public education throughout her time in elected office. She was a leader in organizing the successful No on 2 campaign to defeat expanded school privatization in 2016, and helped prevent a charter school from being built in Andover as a school committee member.
 
“The NEA is proud to endorse Barbara L’Italien to represent the third Congressional District of Massachusetts in Washington,” said National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García. “She will staunchly fight to make sure that all students receive a quality public education regardless of their ZIP code. I am confident that she will make sure educators have a seat at the table, not only to create strong public schools but to move the state and the country forward.”
 
Senator L’Italien has also repeatedly passed legislation in the state legislature to help our schools meet the needs of students with autism like her oldest son Rudy, along with those with dyslexia and other developmental disabilities. She has stood up and successfully defeated efforts to cut teacher benefits and school funding.
 
"Senator L’Italien is a true friend of public education,” said Massachusetts Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni. “She was instrumental in the fight against Question 2, when she fought for public school kids just like she fought for her own. She has also made her mark as an outspoken advocate for students with disabilities, and thousands of children are getting a better education because of her work. We need strong women like her to stand up for educators and students in Congress."
 
The NEA is the biggest organization to get involved in the Third District race. Their endorsement comes on the heels of New England Joint Board UNITE HERE and former candidate and 2014 lieutenant governor nominee Steve Kerrigan announcing their support for L’Italien.
 
“I first became an activist because my son wasn’t getting the education he deserved, and I ran for office to make sure that our schools worked for every student,” said L’Italien. “Protecting and improving our public schools has been a central part of my mission, and great schools start with great teachers. Their work is crucial, and I am honored to have so many Massachusetts educators at my side.”
 
“We need real, proven defenders of public education in Washington now more than ever. I am determined to do all I can to work with the NEA and defeat the Trump-DeVos privatization agenda.”
 
BACKGROUND: 
More details on Senator L’Italien’s work and platform on strengthening public education are available here.
 
Barbara L’Italien has earned significant support from educators and school committee members across the Third District, and has more labor support than any other candidate in the race. Before today, she was endorsed by unions representing more than 58,000 members.
 
Previous labor union endorsements for L’Italien include:
  • The Massachusetts Nurses Association
  • The Massachusetts Coalition of Police (representing the local police in 216 communities)
  • New England Joint Board UNITE HERE
  • Lawrence Firefighters Local 146
  • Fitchburg Firefighters Local 3128
  • Andover Firefighters Local 1658
  • Dracut Firefighters Local Local 2586
  • IBEW Local 1505
  • IBEW Local 2222
  • IBEW Local 2321
  • IBEW Local 2325
  • UFCW Local 1445
  • OPEIU Local 453 (MBTA management union)
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 17
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