School Board Passes Teacher Appreciation Resolution

LOS ANGELES –Saluting the heroes of the classroom, the Los Angeles Board of Education unanimously approved today a resolution recognizing and honoring the “the contributions of teachers to quality education across the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).” National Teacher Appreciation Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 6, part of a week-long appreciation of instructors.

Board Member Mónica Ratliff sponsored the resolution, which cites “instructors and teachers” as the “very heart of the Los Angeles Unified District’s mission to provide our students with an education that prepares them to be college- and career-ready...Teachers are the drivers of educational high achievement toward the goal of 100 percent graduation rates.” The veteran elementary school teacher said, "I appreciate the opportunity to publicly celebrate the many hardworking, dedicated, compassionate teachers that support our students day-after-day and help them graduate career and college ready."

A co-sponsor, Board President Dr. Richard Vladovic, also a veteran educator, said, “Teaching is an honorable profession that requires the utmost dedication to pave the foundation from which our youth will widen their horizons. Every teacher’s hard work inside and outside the classroom is a testament to their passion that drives them to go above and beyond to make a difference. I salute all that they do every day as they touch and inspire the minds of our future.”

Added another co-sponsor Board Member Mónica García, “Thank you teachers for the service and life lessons you share every day. We celebrate and salute your leadership and professionalism. Your work has increased achievement for our students and moved us closer to 100 percent graduation.”

The resolution also acknowledged, “Teachers are more than purveyors of knowledge in the classroom, they also serve our students as role models and mentors…and positively impact the lives of students well beyond the classroom.”

National Teacher Appreciation Week is officially designated this year May 5-9, by the National Education Association and the National Parent Teacher Association.

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