Celebrating American Education Week
“Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility” is the theme of American Education Week this year. Today through Friday people across the United States have a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference and ensuring that every child receives a quality education.
CEA President Sheila Cohen said, “Great public schools are a fundamental right for each and every child in America, regardless of zip code. From early childhood through grade 12 and beyond, our communities must continue to work together with teachers to ensure every student has access to the very best public education possible.”
Cohen continued, “While American Education Week offers opportunities to commend the hard work and success of students and teachers, it also reminds everyone how important it is to support public education every day. This positive spirit is essential if we are to provide every public school student with the high-quality educational opportunities she/he deserves.”
According to Cohen, school success is about much more than data—much more than test results—much, much more. “Every day in public schools, students grow and learn. Every day there are more teachable moments than can be counted. There is more professionalism, perseverance, care, love, outreach, and hard work than words can ever communicate. Today and every day, I am so proud to applaud Connecticut’s dedicated public school teachers.”