AFSA Resolves to Endorse President Barack Obama for Re-Election

On Sunday, April 22, the AFSA General Executive Board voted unanimously to endorse President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012. Following the endorsement, AFSA President Diann Woodard released the following statement:

“President Obama shares AFSA’s belief that investing in public education is the key to our nation’s future. While we may not always see eye-to-eye on every policy detail, we look forward to working with his administration to provide the highest quality education to all children. We applaud the President for his desire to strengthen public education across this country.

“President Obama made historic investments in education through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), as well as the Education Jobs bill, both of which saved and created millions of education jobs, reduced class sizes and protected vital education programs and services from being cut or eliminated. In addition, the Affordable Care Act will provide health care to millions of children who currently do not have it.

“President Obama is also a champion of the middle class and working families. He has proven his commitment to strengthening our economy while requiring the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share to reduce our nation’s debt, protecting our pensions, and providing healthcare to those who need it most.

“We know that the eventual Republican nominee will hold a very different vision for America’s future. It is a vision that rewards wall-street investors, corporations, wealthy campaign donors, and the one percent. Even in the most difficult of times, this is a frightening vision that leaves every person for him or herself.

“As school leaders, we know this path will only increase the number of students who arrive at our schools hungry, in poor health, homeless, or not showing up at all. President Obama’s vision is one that we must support if we are to continue turning around our economy and provide all Americans with a chance to succeed.”