Martha Allen, the union’s president, said “the time has come for his vision to become a national reality.”
An early endorsement by an NEA state affiliate is not that unusual. Vermont NEA recommended Howard Dean back in 2003, and a host of NEA affiliates endorsed various Democratic candidates during the 2008 campaign. The national NEA endorsement is what matters.
This move is interesting, though, because Vermont NEA said it would be campaigning for Sanders in New Hampshire. NEA New Hampshire hasn’t endorsed anyone yet in the primaries. If it endorses Hillary, it should make for some entertaining encounters on competing precinct walks.