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Education MN recommends Franken

DETROIT LAKES - Education Minnesota, the state's largest labor union with a membership of 70,000 educators, has recommended Al Franken in the 2008 U.S. Senate race. Franken is one of several Democrats vying to challenge Republican Sen. Norm Coleman in November.

Franken's strong support of public education and educators and his strong campaign make him the best candidate for the job, Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher said.

"Our members were highly impressed with Al Franken's grasp of the issues and his commitment to meaningful change, including an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act and full funding for the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act," Dooher said. "Al will be a champion for students, educators and public schools."

The recommendation from Education Minnesota also means endorsement of Franken by the PACs of the union's two national affiliates -- the American Federation of Teachers' Committee on Political Education and the National Education Association's Fund for Children and Public Education.