May 14, 2018 Press Releases

Educators Endorse U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano’s Re-election

Citing his strong record supporting children and families, educators endorse Mike Capuano

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Monday, May 14, 2018 – The National Education Association (NEA), which represents millions of school teachers and educators across the country, and the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), which represents 110,000 members in close to 400 unions across the state, today endorsed U.S. Rep. Michael E. Capuano for re-election, citing his strong record as an advocate for children, families, and education, and his work to block the destructive policies of the Trump Administration.

“Educators proudly support Rep. Michael E. Capuano to continue representing the 7th Congressional District of Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “Rep. Capuano shares the values of educators and we know he will continue to put students and public education ahead of partisan politics. We recommend Rep. Capuano because he also will make sure that educators have a voice and a seat at the table to not only create strong public schools but to move Massachusetts and our country forward.”

“Rep. Capuano has been on the side of children and families his entire career, and is a powerful advocate for educators in his communities,” said Barbara Madeloni, president of the MTA. “With President Trump in office, we need leaders who know how to get things done. From his time as the mayor of Somerville building new schools and lowering class sizes, to his time in Congress fighting for more funding for schools, Rep. Capuano has been a strong advocate for public education.”

Rep. Capuano has been and will continue to be a tireless advocate for children and families. Rep. Capuano was one of 41 members in the House of Representatives to vote against No Child Left Behind, because it was not sufficiently sensitive to the challenges encountered by local school districts. When No Child Left Behind was recently reauthorized, Rep. Capuano championed efforts to direct more money to educational systems for training and program expansion, as well as for provisions giving administrators the ability to consider many factors, beyond just test scores, in measuring success. He has also worked tirelessly to expand affordable and accessible health care for children and families through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Women, Infants and Children’s program (WIC).

“I’m proud to stand alongside teachers and educators to make sure our children and our communities receive the support they need to thrive,” said Rep. Capuano. “That means great educators and strong public schools — and access to healthcare, good nutrition, safe housing and a supportive home environment. While President Trump’s destructive policies continue to threaten what children and their families need most, I will continue to stand up to stop Donald Trump and help create opportunities for all.”

As Mayor of Somerville, Rep. Capuano invested heavily in the construction of new schools. When his tenure as Mayor ended, Somerville had two new schools and four others in the process of being revitalized. All were equipped to accommodate future technologies. When Rep. Capuano left the Mayor’s office to enter Congress, class sizes in Somerville averaged a remarkably low 19 students, an accomplishment for any municipality, and especially for a city of over 75,000. During Rep. Capuano’s tenure as Mayor, young children had access to free full day kindergarten, which was not commonly available in other communities at that time.

Rep. Capuano has been endorsed for re-election by an array of labor organizations, progressive champions, and leading elected officials such as Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia.

About the National Education Association

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.

About the Massachusetts Teachers Association

The MTA Massachusetts Teachers Association 110,000 members in close to 400 local associations throughout Massachusetts. The MTA represents teachers, faculty, professional staff and education support professionals working at public schools, colleges and universities across Massachusetts.

Contact: Audrey Coulter, 774-266-1931