Joe Biden has been endorsed by the National Education Association (NEA,) the nation’s largest labor group.
The NEA is pledging to try and boost turnout for Biden in the four states voting Tuesday, where it has nearly 760,000 members.
According to the analytics website FiveThirtyEight, Biden is a near lock to win the Democratic nomination for President.
TheHill reports the National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest union, announced Saturday night it is endorsing Joe Biden for president, a major boost for the former vice president as he battles with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for labor support in the Democratic race.
Lily Eskelsen Garcia, the president of the 3-million member strong NEA, cited Biden’s vocal support for public education and his plans to boost teacher pay and make schooling more available across the country.
“The National Education Association proudly recommends Vice President Joe Biden for President of the United States. Biden is the tireless advocate for public education and is the partner that students and educators need now in the White House,” Eskelsen Garcia said in a statement.
“He understands that as a nation we have a moral responsibility to provide a great neighborhood public school for every student in every ZIP code. As president, he is committed to attracting and retaining the best educators by paying them as the professionals that they are as well as increasing funding for support staff and paraprofessionals.”
Biden later responded to the endorsement in the statement from his campaign obtained by The Hill.
“I am honored to have the support of the National Education Association — not only America’s biggest union, but a preeminent and powerful voice for public school educators and students across the country” Biden said.
“I know what it’s like to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with a teacher — I’ve been doing it almost my whole life. That’s why I will continue to stand with educators every day on the campaign trail and in the White House. Together, we are going to beat Trump, replace Betsy Devos, and appoint a Secretary of Education that parents, students, and educators deserve: someone who has worked in a public school classroom,” he continued.