Engel Statement on Teacher Appreciation Week

May 15, 2017

Washington D.C.—Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a top member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement on Teacher Appreciation Week:

“This Teacher Appreciation Week we recognize the hard work and dedication of America’s teachers. As a former teacher, I know just how crucial a role our educators play in shaping the lives of our children. Often over-worked and underappreciated, their impact extends far beyond the classroom. Yet far too often, teachers and the impact they make are diminished by those that seek to undermine unions and push a radical agenda in our classrooms. As President Trump and Education Secretary DeVos propose weakening teacher protections and cutting funding to the Department of Education, it is more important than ever that we stand up for America’s teachers.

“Ensuring that our children receive first-class educations is the key to our future. I have long supported full federal funding for programs such as Title I and IDEA that provide resources to schools and teachers. I am proud to have earned an ‘A’ from the National Education Association for my voting record on legislation such as the reauthorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act, and the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which support teachers and high-quality education. Throughout this week, we should take the time to remember the teachers that not only prepared us, but inspired us, and thank the teachers currently educating and inspiring today’s students.”

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Please note this statement was originally published on May 9, 2017 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.