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08/26/10 Seán Kinane
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Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association.


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Congress could reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act later this year. But what it looks like could depend on input from educators. The president of the National Education Association, Dennis Van Roekel, is in Tampa today for a town-hall meeting with teachers.

This morning, WMNF spoke with Van Roekel in our studios about the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, No Child Left Behind, and Florida’s recent successful Race to the Top education grant. We began by asking about his organization, the NEA.

Tomorrow we will bring you the second half of this interview when we discuss Florida’s Class Size Amendment and former Gov. Jeb Bush’s controversial statement this week that there are no studies linking student performance to class size.

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