The President’s Post It's American Education Week!
Today is the first day of American Education Week, a time to celebrate public schools across our state and nation for providing all students with the support, tools, and time to learn.
Across our nation, public schools are where children from all backgrounds and circumstances come together to learn and be inspired by professionals who believe in and are devoted to students. Nine out of 10 students in the United States attend public schools. We are making a difference in their lives each day.
We would love for you to celebrate this week with us by taking pictures that represent your pride in public schools and posting them using #PublicSchoolsForAll.
I had the pleasure of introducing a resolution last week at the State Board of Education meeting recognizing the observance of Public Education week. It was wonderful to hear the words copied below stated for the public record, and for our State Board Members to be reminded that quality public schools are the cornerstone of our communities, where we provide the tools, resources and opportunity every student deserves every day.
WHEREAS, The National Education Association designated November 13-17, 2017, as American Education Week in an effort to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference to ensure that every child receives a quality education;
and WHEREAS, Education is a pillar of democracy and a cornerstone of American opportunity that gives our children the foundation they need to understand and appreciate our nation’s values of freedom, civility and equality;
and WHEREAS, Arkansas public schools provide outstanding opportunities in academics, fine arts, athletics, extracurricular activities, and vocational training to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to grow, thrive and succeed in our global society;
and WHEREAS, Arkansas public schools bring together adults and children, teachers, education support professionals, volunteers, business and civic leaders, and elected officials who play an important role in inspiring children to learn;
and WHEREAS, All Arkansas education employees including teachers, education support professionals, principals and administrators deserve our gratitude, respect and support for their utmost professionalism and commitment to our schools;
and WHEREAS, Arkansas parents are an integral part of the educational process, providing a nurturing home learning environment, and serving as their child’s first teachers and advocates, and are important partners with the school system;
and WHEREAS, Community involvement in schools provides vital support and opportunities for students to participate in community learning and outreach activities;
and NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT We, the members of the Arkansas State Board of Education, recognize the observance of November 13-17, 2017, as American Education Week.