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December 17, 2012
Contact: Alexandra Schroeck

Association of American Educators Reacts to Connecticut School Shooting

Alexandria, VA– The Association of American Educators (AAE) sends our thoughts and prayers to the families and community in Newtown, Connecticut. As an organization that works with dedicated educators and promising young students every day, we were deeply saddened after receiving the news of this massive tragedy involving such young students.

In light of Friday's terrible tragedy, AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner issued the following statement:

"Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and the entire Newtown community during this tragic time.

While many questions are still unanswered, we must commend the heroic teachers involved for their sound judgment and quick-thinking. These brave educators, who worked every day to help ensure children received the best possible education, gave the ultimate sacrifice in trying to protect their safety. Many lives were saved as a result of their courage.

Our hearts are in mourning for the lives lost on Friday. We stand with the education community in offering our prayers of strength and healing for the families of the victims."

The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national, non-union, professional educators organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda. AAE members are forward-thinking professionals who are committed to student-centered reform efforts including school/teacher choice, accountability and technology. AAE has members in all 50 states and welcomes professionals from all education entities. Membership is $15 per month which includes $2 million professional liability insurance, employment rights coverage, professional development resources as well as a host of other benefits. Visit for further information.

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