Teachers endorse Strickland for U.S. Senate

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Former Congressman, Governor would be best representative for Ohioans

Former Gov. Ted Strickland would better represent the needs and interests of Ohioans as a member of the U.S. Senate, the American Federation of Teachers announced with their endorsement of Strickland for Senate.

“The future of our state depends on whether we are committed to our children,” said Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper. "Ohio students and parents need the kind of arduous support Governor Strickland provides in making education his highest priority.

"As a member of the U.S. Senate, Strickland would be a better representative and voice for meeting the needs of all Ohioans. It is the strong leadership, common sense and creative thinking of Governor Strickland that is needed to move Ohio forward," Cropper said.

In 2010, educators were excited to celebrate that Ohio earned national honors for having the most innovative education system in the country under the dedication and leadership of then Gov. Strickland. As a result of improvements made under his leadership, Ohio received the Frank Newman Award For State Innovation and Education Week ranked Ohio’s system of education the 5th-best in county, up from 27th place. Ohio's ranking has since plummeted to 23rd.

AFT launched a television ad last week explaining that Strickland's opponent in the race Sen. Rob Portman supports the interests of Wall Street rather than regular Ohioans and advocates for privatizing Social Security which many Ohioans reply on for stability in retirement. View the ad.

"I am so honored to receive the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers. As the first in my family to attend college, I know firsthand how teachers change the course of so many lives. Improving Ohio's K-12 public education system was a top priority for me as Governor, and I'm proud to say that we took Ohio’s education system from 27th to the 5th best in the nation," Strickland said. "In the Senate I look forward to partnering with educators so that every student has the same opportunities I did to learn the skills necessary for the workplace and to master a curriculum that prepares them for higher education." 

Strickland served six terms in Congress after first being elected in 1992. During that time he served on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and in 2003 became a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs where he was the ranking Democrat on its Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. As a member of that committee, he became a national leader in the fight to see that our troops have life-saving armor and equipment.