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Simpson Recognizes National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8

Washington, May 4, 2009
Tags: Education

The first full week of May is National Teacher Appreciation Week and Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson cosponsored H.Res. 374 that ‘recognizes the roles and contributions of America’s teachers to building and enhancing our Nation’s civic, cultural, and economic well-being.’
"Teachers play a critical role in shaping our future as they touch the lives of children everyday. They inspire, encourage, motivate, and educate the next generation," said Simpson. "I applaud their efforts and thank them for their dedication."

While Congress recognizes National Teacher Week, there is legislation to also create a National Teacher Day. This resolution would call on the President to issue a proclamation to the American people to observe and celebrate a National Teacher Day on the Tuesday of the first full week of May. Simpson is also a cosponsor of this legislation.

"As a member of the Appropriations committee, I have spent a great deal of time working on education issues, meeting with teachers, and trying to better understand the many issues confronting our nation’s schools," said Simpson. "While there are many pressing needs at hand, I will take every opportunity to recognize the commitment of our teachers, many of whom are underpaid and often times underappreciated for their crucial work."

During this week, a number of organizations, such as the National Education Association and the National Parent Teacher Association, have planned events at the national and local level to express appreciation for the work and dedication of America’s educators in teaching our nation’s students.