November 18, 2013

It's time to make public education a priority

During American Education Week, we celebrate public schools and the power of a great education. Now is the time to make public education Pennsylvania's top priority.

PSEA President Mike Crossey pointed out that the public schools are among the most important building blocks of our democracy and that funding them adequately should be the top priority for state policymakers.

“The public schools teach our students to be good citizens, prepare them for the world of work, and connect them with their communities,” Crossey said. “Pennsylvania's teachers and support professionals are proud of the important work they do, because serving children is one of the most important things anyone can do.”

Crossey pointed out that Pennsylvania's public schools are excellent, with recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test results indicating that reading and math scores for the state's fourth and eighth-grade students are among the nation's best.

“Yes, our public schools are excellent, but the work that educators do is getting harder, because of nearly $1 billion in school funding cuts,” Crossey said. “There's a school funding crisis in Pennsylvania, but we can solve it if we make the public schools the priority that they deserve to be.”

Crossey added that Pennsylvania's teachers and support professionals make public education a priority every day.

“I'm proud to be an educator, and so is everyone who serves in Pennsylvania's public schools,” Crossey said. “American Education Week is a time to recognize educators for the great work they do, appreciate the essential service our public schools provide, and resolve to make public education everyone's top priority.

“The most important thing we can do is educate Pennsylvania's children. That's why I became an educator in the first place, and I couldn't be more proud of the work that every educator does in our public schools.”

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