PRESS RELEASE from National Education Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                       
CONTACT: Celeste Busser
Friday, August 31, 2012                                                                   
Educators from around the country to participate in the Democratic National Convention
Some 5,000 delegates to gather in Charlotte, N.C., for 46th DNC
WASHINGTON—More than 200 educators will participate in the 46th annual Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, N.C.  Since 1980, educators have been one of the largest groups represented at the DNC.
NEA members attending the Convention will help put education front and center in the 2012 election. Educators understand that elections are about visions and choices. NEA members across the country are organized, energized and poised to play a critical role in the DNC and the 2012 election.
The theme for the convention is: We Make it Possible.
WHO:          More than 200 educators, including:
                    NEA President Dennis Van Roekel,
                    NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen and
                    NEA Secretary-Treasurer Becky Pringle
WHAT:          2012 Democratic National Convention
WHEN:          Tuesday, September 4 – Thursday, September 6, 2012
WHERE:          Various locations throughout Charlotte, N.C. 
Highlights of NEA leader and member preconvention and convention activities:

Tuesday, September 4
NEA President Dennis Van Roekel will participate in the Democratic Governors Association Policy Panel at 10a.m. at the Google Convention Site, 310 S. Tryon Street.  The conversation will focus on growing the economy, expanding business and creating jobs.
Vice President Lily Eskelsen will participate on the Voto Latino People Powered Politics Panel at 2p.m., Stage Door Theatre, 130 N. Tryon St. Voto Latino is an organization that empowers American Latinos to claim a better future by voting.
NEA President Dennis Van Roekel will participate in the Democrats for Education Reform Townhall meeting.
To request an interview with an NEA officer or educator at any of the activities, please e-mail:
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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing
more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.