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BURLINGAME – California Teachers Association President Dean E. Vogel and National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel issued the following statements offering thoughts and prayers to the families whose lives were tragically impacted by Thursday’s fiery bus crash that claimed the lives of students, admissions counselor, chaperones, and bus and truck drivers.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragedy that has impacted so many and claimed the lives of our fellow educator, students and chaperones as they traveled to Northern California to research higher education opportunities,” said CTA President Dean E. Vogel. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, our colleagues, students and their communities during this difficult time.”
NEA President Dennis Van Roekel added, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the passengers in the bus that tragically crashed near Orland. Students and teachers were en route to Humboldt State University for a tour of the college, and we are saddened that a trip that started out with high hopes and dreams came to such an unfortunate end," said NEA president Dennis Van Roekel. "We thank the first responders, emergency personnel and everyone who immediately came out to help those in need.”
The 325,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association. The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers.