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November 14, 2012

Education Week great time to stand up for public schools

This week, Nov. 12-18, is American Education Week, a good time to remember that caring teachers, education support professionals, administrators and involved families make the difference in a child’s learning. The theme is “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility.”

America’s public schools equip youngsters with many skills. They teach students to read, write, calculate and use technology. They teach children history and science and help them learn how to creatively solve problems, resolve conflicts and cooperate with each other.

American Education Week was begun by the National Education Association (NEA) over 90 years ago to spread the word nationwide about the important role of public education in our children’s lives. Today we continue to highlight the vision of calling upon all Americans to do their part in making public schools a place where every child can grow and achieve in the 21st century. As Marylanders, we can also celebrate our public school system being designated number one in the nation for four consecutive years.

NEA’s American Education Week presents an opportunity to honor the individuals such as teachers, education support personnel and administrators who are critical in ensuring that the nation’s 50 million K-12 students receive a quality education.

Please join with the Allegany County Teachers’ Association in celebrating our local schools. Visit your neighborhood school during American Education Week. Watch our children learning skills for the 21st century. Better yet … ask how you can help to reinforce their skills beyond the classroom. Go to actamsea.org and find out how you can join with local teachers in standing up for great schools in Allegany County.

Deborah Pappas

Allegany County Teachers Association

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