Statement by President Diann Woodard on President Obama’s Acceptance Speech

Last night, President Barack Obama made a powerful case for his reelection this November and as educators, we applaud the president’s focus and commitment to improving education. Throughout his four years in office, he has supported record investments in education. His jobs plan will save or create up to 400,000 education jobs, and also modernize our aging schools. In the president’s words, “teachers must inspire; principals must lead; parents must instill a thirst for learning, and students, you’ve got to do the work.” We could not agree more. It is our job, as principals and school administrators to do just that – lead. If school leaders are provided the necessary resources, training and support, and if we all work together – teachers, principals, parents and students – there is no limit to what we can collectively achieve.

As the only national union for school administrators, AFSA also applauds the president’s support of working families. He understands that workers are the foundation of this nation and he has our back. He supports the fundamental right for workers to bargain collectively with their employers, job protections, quality benefits, and affordable health insurance. And when workers retire, he believes we should be able to retire with dignity. That is why he is committed to preserving and strengthening Social Security and Medicare.

The president’s vision for America is one in which we are all united, moving forward together, where everyone has an opportunity to succeed. It is a vision centered on strengthening the middle class, and one that will continue to rebuild our economy.

Governor Romney’s vision will take America on a starkly different path. It is a path where we are all on our own, where greed is rewarded at the expense of others, no matter what the cost of success.

The distinction could not be clearer.

As educators, we do everything with the best interest of our students in mind. Election day is less than 60 days away. We hold the power to choose what is best for our children, for working families, and for the future of our nation. While we may not see eye-to-eye on every detail of the president’s education policies, we will fight to make certain education is a priority for our nation.