Our nation’s public schools are where most of our children are educated. More than 50 million children attend public schools—that means 9 out of every 10 kids attend a public school. Public schools open their doors to every child and commit to educate every child— regardless of ability, race, wealth, language, or country of origin.
Public schools are accountable to all of us and so often serve to strengthen bonds between people and help to build and sustain communities. They have served and continue to serve as the bedrock of our nation’s social and economic well-being. Supporting public schools means supporting our democracy and our future workforce.
There has never been a more important time than now to speak out about the value of public education. The president’s proposed education budget cuts billions of dollars from K-12 education. Kentucky would lose more than 34 million dollars and the cuts would particularly impact students who are English learners, from migrant families, experiencing homelessness, and from rural areas. We should all reject the these proposed cuts and instead strengthen our public schools.
Because public schools support us as a diverse and interconnected nation, we owe it to them to make sure they have the funding they need to be successful. We need to continue to fund repairs and improvements to school infrastructure. We should help every family rest assured that their children have a free breakfast and lunch to support their learning. And, we need to support and pay teachers like the professionals they are.
Communities are stronger and schools are better when we work together to support public education. That’s why I support Public Schools Week.