Astronaut and educator Barbara Morgan stands up for public schools

Hailed as “NASA’s first educator astronaut to reach orbit,” Barbara Morgan is the latest distinguished American to join the “Stand Up 4 Public Schools” campaign of the National School Boards Association (NSBA).

Morgan, a former elementary school teacher, was NASA's first educator astronaut. She served on a 13-day mission onboard the space shuttle Endeavour in 2007. She previously trained as the backup to Teacher-in-Space Christa McAuliffe, who was a member of the ill-fated 1986 Challenger mission.

“Many Americans view astronauts as American legends,” said NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel. “We feel privileged to have Barbara join us as our first female celebrity advocate for public schools.”

“Public education is the cornerstone of our democracy,” Morgan said. “I’m eager to lend my voice to the NSBA national campaign, ‘Stand Up 4 Public Schools,’ and I encourage my fellow Americans to stand up for all of our public school children, and our nation's crucial system of public education.”

The “Stand Up” campaign is an initiative of NSBA, in partnership with its state associations, to highlight the success of public education. The campaign features advertisements with celebrity advocates and public school graduates who share personal stories of the role that public education played in their lives.

Other celebrity spokespersons include basketball and business legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Khan Academy founder Salman “Sal” Khan, and actor and former television host Montel Williams.

The campaign website, emphasizes community engagement and provides individuals with the tools and resources to take action to support public schools.

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