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CAMPAIGN ’88 : NEA Endorses Dukakis

<i> Associated Press</i>

The 1.9-million-member National Education Assn. endorsed presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis on Thursday, with its chief predicting the Democrat would spend more on schools and end “eight years of teacher bashing.”

NEA President Mary Hatwood Futrell said she aims to “mobilize at least a half-million NEA members to be volunteers in the Dukakis campaign.”

The union sent out mail ballots to the 8,479 delegates who attended its last convention, and got responses from about 6,200. Dukakis was the choice of 86%.

The union has been in the Democrats’ corner in every presidential race since 1976. Futrell said 30% of the union’s members are registered Republicans.

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