SOURCE: Illinois Education Association

July 14, 2010 11:44 ET

Education Employees Applaud Governor Quinn's Plan to Make Sheila Simon His "Point Person" on Education

SPRINGFIELD, IL--(Marketwire - July 14, 2010) -  Education employees statewide are applauding Governor Pat Quinn's announcement that Sheila Simon will be his education policy point person when the Quinn-Simon ticket is elected.

The announcement came during a campaign stop in Evanston, where the governor formally accepted his recommendation by the 133,000-member Illinois Education Association (IEA).

"Governor Quinn's decision to make students and schools a major focus of Sheila Simon's duties as Lieutenant Governor underscores his commitment to protecting and enhancing education quality in Illinois," said IEA President Ken Swanson.

"Today more than ever, public education needs champions and the Quinn-Simon ticket is the pro-student, pro-schools ticket. Pat Quinn and Sheila Simon will stand up for students, for education employees and for schools," Swanson said.

Simon is well suited to the job of education point person; she is a law professor at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) and, like her late father, Senator Paul Simon, Sheila Simon is a member of IEA.

According to Swanson, there never has been a more clear-cut choice for governor and lieutenant governor of Illinois. 

"The Illinois Education Association enthusiastically recommends Governor Pat Quinn and Sheila Simon to everyone who supports public education," he said.

IEA is Illinois' largest education employees' organization and represents elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty and staff, educational support professionals, retired educators and college students preparing to become teachers.

The Illinois Education Association is an affiliate of the 3.7 million-member National Education Association (NEA).

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