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Teachers union rolls out plans for 2020 forum in Houston

The National Education Association announced today it will hold a presidential forum on education on July 5 in Houston, where union members will be meeting.
Confirmed attendees include former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Bernie Sanders, (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren , (D-Mass.), with other confirmations expected in the coming days. The forum will be moderated by NEA president Lily Eskelsen García, the group announced.
The forum will focus on issues that affect students, educators and neighborhood schools, giving 2020 primary candidates the opportunity to answer questions from educators about the future of public education, the union announced.
With 3 million members, NEA bills itself as the nation’s largest labor union and says its representative assembly, which will be meeting in Houston, is the “world’s largest democratic deliberative body…in which nearly 7,000 educators chart the course for the future of the organization.”
During the forum, candidates will answer questions from NEA members about their plans for public education, according to NEA.
“Educators are poised to play a major role in choosing the president of the United States,” García said in a statement. “And now we are taking this energy to the 2020 campaign where we will lead a conversation about the schools our students deserve.”
The American Federation of Teachers, which has 1.7 million members that include teachers and other professionals, has been holding town hall meetings with Democratic candidates as part of a rigorous endorsement process for 2020.

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