November 13-19 is American Education Week with the theme: Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility. An educated population is the foundation for our nation which depends on the decisions of its educated, informed citizens. Public schools are the only schools that must serve and meet the needs of ALL students. When you attend a public school, you get to know people from every corner of your community - you are part of the "public". Every child in the community has an opportunity to obtain an education. While too many children remain limited in their ability to take full advantage of that opportunity due to circumstances at home, it is important to me that those opportunities remain available to ALL. Public education is all about lifting up, not weeding out.
This week provides an opportunity for everyone to celebrate public education and honor those making a difference everyday in ensuring every child receives a quality education. This includes not only teachers and principals, but also bus drivers, aides, custodians, food service personnel, secretaries, maintenance, transportation directors, mechanics, coaches, counselors, psychologists, technology coordinators, athletic directors, and central office personnel. It takes everyone working together to provide a quality education to every student. I encourage everyone to get involved in our schools and see for yourself all the great things happening everyday here in Upper Sandusky.