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Teacher Appreciation Week

Simpson Pays Tribute to Teachers Across the Nation

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Washington, May 5, 2010 | comments
“Teachers play a critical role in shaping our future. They touch the lives of children every day. They inspire, encourage, motivate, and educate the next generation. I applaud their efforts and thank them for their dedication.”
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In the U.S. House of Representatives today, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson recognized teachers across the United States for their critical role in shaping our nation's future. This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week.

In a floor speech Simpson said, “As Congress considers education reform legislation, we must keep in mind the needs of educators, who have the most important job of all -- preparing our young people for the future.”

Teacher quality has been proven to be the single most important factor influencing student learning and achievement. Studies have found that 40 to 90 percent of the difference in student test scores can be attributed to teacher quality.

Simpson concluded his remarks with, “Teachers play a critical role in shaping our future. They touch the lives of children every day.  They inspire, encourage, motivate, and educate the next generation.  I applaud their efforts and thank them for their dedication.”

Some researchers and policymakers estimate that school districts will have to hire about 200,000 teachers annually over the next decade to keep pace with rising student enrollments and teacher retirements, for a total of 2.2 million additional teachers.

A full copy of Congressman Simpson floor speech is attached.

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