Bustos Endorsed by Illinois Teachers, Education Association

Bustos Receives Straight A’s From IEA For Her Strong Commitment to Students, Teachers & Public Schools

Today in Rockford, Cheri Bustos received the official endorsement of the Illinois Education Association for her strong commitment to students, teachers, and public schools.

"I'm honored to receive this endorsement today from the Illinois Education Association," said Cheri Bustos. "As the mother of three sons who were educated by great teachers in Illinois public schools, and a graduate of Illinois public schools myself, I understand firsthand the importance of ensuring that every child receives a high-quality education.  A stronger middle class is an educated one, and the gateway to economic opportunity is through the doors of a classroom.  I thank the Illinois Education Association for this recognition, and I look forward to continuing to work with them to set all children in Illinois up for success by providing access to a great education." 

“Congresswoman Bustos has done everything in Washington to support public education and educators,” said Cinda Klickna, IEA-NEA President. “As a result, she has earned unanimous endorsement by local IEA leaders. Congresswoman Bustos earned a grade of “A” in NEA’s 2013 Legislative Report Card and is projected to again earn a grade of “A” in the final 2013-2014 Report Card. As President of the Illinois Education Association, I pledge our full support to Cheri Bustos.

Cheri Bustos has been a strong advocate for education, and has worked hard to ensure that teachers have the tools they need to educate children for the good jobs of the 21st Century. She has also worked hard to expand early learning programs like Head Start and make it easier for students to attend college by reforming student loans and expanding Pell Grants.

IEA is an association of more than 130,000 members composed of Illinois elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty and staff, educational support professionals, retired educators and college students preparing to become teachers. The IEA was founded in 1853 to serve the interest of public education in Illinois. The IEA became an affiliate of the National Education Association in 1857, an organization currently totaling 3.2 million teachers and school employees working to make our good public schools even better for all students.

The Illinois Education Association is the latest in a long list of diverse organizations that have endorsed Cheri Bustos for reelection including the Illinois AFL-CIO, the United Automobile Workers, the Alliance for Retired Americans, the Illinois Farm Bureau, the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, among many others.