Teacher's Union Weighs In On State, National Races

Oct 6, 2008

Kansas City, MO – With the economic crisis and the war in Iraq on people's minds, the issue of education often gets put on the back burner. It has barely been mentioned in the presidential debates so far.

The country's largest teacher's union, the National Education Association, is trying to make sure public education is not overlooked, and that the votes of teachers are not taken for granted by either party.

The NEA typically endorses Democratic candidates, and this year is no different. They're backing Barack Obama for president and Jay Nixon for Governer of Missouri.

KCUR's Susan Wilson caught up with two of the union's leaders this week, National Vice President Lily Eskelsen and Missouri Chapter President Chris Guinther. Lily Eskelsen started out explaining what issues are important for teachers in the upcoming election.

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