Union Leader Praises Teachers' 'Rescue' Role

From Times Wire Reports

In addition to educating America's youth, teachers often "are in the business of rescue and redemption," the president of the National Education Assn. said.

NEA President Bob Chase, in a keynote address to the teachers' union convention, said America's public schools "are filled with adults who rescue children and save the world in little ways every single day--often in the face of incredible odds."

He noted the case of David Bocchichio of East Hartford, Conn., who donated a kidney to the single-parent mother of three of his former students. "As a single parent himself--and a teacher--he didn't want three children to lose their mother."

FOR THE RECORD Los Angeles Times Friday July 6, 2001 Home Edition Part A Part A Page 2 A2 Desk 1 inches; 23 words Type of Material: Correction NEA meeting--A story in Thursday's edition incorrectly named the city where the National Education Assn. is meeting. The organization is meeting in Los Angeles.
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