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Officials of the National Education Association last week termed inaccurate recent wire-service reports saying that the 1.6-million-member teachers' union will probably endorse former Vice President Walter F. Mondale for President in 1984.

"His ties with the nea go back to his Senate days and he has a good many supporters in the organization," said Kenneth Melley, the nea's director of political affairs. "But we are not already in Mondale's camp. The nea follows a complex, democratic process for endorsing candidates."

Each presidential candidate seeking the nea's support in the 1984 Presidential race must submit to a videotaped interview with the organization's president and respond in writing to a series of questions.

The organization's 53 "state" representatives will review these materials and vote to support a candi-date or candidates in the state primaries and caucuses.

The nea's board of directors must approve this recommendation, as must the membership of each state, in order for the parent organization to work on behalf of a candidate in the state.

Mr. Melley said the 53 state representatives are scheduled to initiate this process when they meet in Washington on Sept. 29. He said the organization will not actually endorse a candidate until its representative assembly gathers in July 1984.

Vol. 02, Issue 31

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