Time to Activate

We need your help to protect education

By Nancy Peterson, NDU-Retired President

On Feb. 24, 2009, President Obama in his Address to the Joint Session of Congress said, “In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity — it is a prerequisite.”

President Obama’s words are even more important today than probably any other time in recent memory. With the election over and a new administration coming into power, we as an association must work harder than ever before. If the nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is approved, public education will be working even harder to hold onto funding as DeVos is a strong “school choice” activist. The National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers and North Dakota United will need to activate its memberships to fight to keep public education strong and meeting the needs of all students.

For retired members, what changes will happen to Social Security and Medicare? In 2011, Donald Trump said, “Some Republicans see Social Security and Medicare as ‘entitlement programs.’” Will Trump be able to hold off a move to change these programs? What will he do to stop attacks on pensions? Good questions. There are a lot of questions out there, and we as an association must organize our resources to be able to advocate and fight for our deserved and earned benefits.

Are you ready to help us? Good, I knew we could count on you. When NDU puts out a call or sends an e-mail, please assist us as we need the power of our membership in maintaining and strengthening our association.

May 2017 be a great year for you, your family, our association and our nation.

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