WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) last week honored our nation's teachers and commemorated National Teacher Appreciation Week by introducing a bipartisan resolution to recognize the important work of teachers across the nation and thank them for their work to prepare students for success. The resolution passed the Senate by unanimous consent.
“Teachers build a foundation for success that follows students well beyond the classroom,” said Brown. “We must continue to show our gratitude to our educators through policy that supports teachers in their efforts to develop the next generation of leaders.”
“Whether they’re in cities or small towns, every school in Maine and across the country has something very important in common: dedicated teachers working to provide our students with the best possible education and to help them realize their full potential,” said Collins. “This resolution honors the indefatigable effort of our teachers and expresses our gratitude for all that they do for our students.”
The resolution can be read below:
Recognizing the roles and contributions of the teachers of the United States in building and enhancing the civic, cultural, and economic well-being of the United States.
Whereas education and knowledge are foundational to the current and future strength of the United States;
Whereas teachers and other education staff have earned and deserve the respect of their students and communities for the selfless dedication of the teachers and staff to community service and the futures of the children of the United States;
Whereas the purposes of National Teacher Appreciation Week, celebrated from May 7, 2018, through May 11, 2018, are—
(1) to raise public awareness of the unquantifiable contributions of teachers; and
(2) to promote greater respect and understanding for the teaching profession; and
Whereas students, schools, communities, and a number of organizations representing educators are hosting teacher appreciation events in recognition of National Teacher Appreciation Week: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate—
(1) thanks the teachers of the United States; and
(2) promotes the profession of teaching by encouraging students, parents, school administrators, and public officials to participate in teacher appreciation events during National Teacher Appreciation Week.