What's Going on Here? American Education Week

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

American Education Week is observed from Nov. 14 through 19.

American Education Week, now in it’s 90th year, recognizes students’ hard work; honors the dedication of teachers, support staff and other educators; thanks parents and members of the community who support students; and rededicates the community to providing a quality education for all students.

“America’s students need all of us, educators, parents, students, elected officials and community leaders, working together and investing in their schools,” said Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association. “American Education Week is a time to commit ourselves to providing great public schools so all students can pursue the American dream.”

The NEA adds that parents and members of the community can get involved in American Education Week by:

— Holding a fundraiser for a classroom project.

—  Nominating a NEA Classroom Superhero.

— Telling Congress to support the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

American Education Week started after representatives of the NEA and American Legion met in 1919, seeking ways to generate support for education after learning that 25 percent of World War I draftees were illiterate.

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