The week spotlights the importance of providing every child in America with a quality public education, from kindergarten through college, and the need for everyone to do his or her part in making public schools great.
Each year in November, events are planned nationwide in recognition of those who work in the field of education. This observance not only highlights teachers, but also everyone from school administrators, aides, school board members, bus drivers, cooks, volunteers and everyone else who plays a role in making the process work.
The theme of this year is, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility" highlights the importance of bringing together educators, parents, students and communities.
Local schools will joining school districts across the nation this week to hold their own special events in conjunction with American Education Week. A number of activities highlighting education week have been planned to take place between regular class work in many schools.
Calling education “a pillar of democracy and a cornerstone of American opportunity,” President Barack Obama proclaimed Nov. 17-23, American Education Week and said “A great education is a ticket into the middle class, and it should be available to everyone willing to work for it. My Administration is committed to reining in college costs and reducing the burden student loans place on young people. We are also moving forward on a plan to connect 99 percent of America’s students to high-speed internet within 5 years; pushing to make high-quality early education accessible to every child in America; and working to strengthen programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Because none of these plans will succeed without outstanding teachers, we must support these professionals as they perform their vital work"
Total public school enrollment in North America reached 49.5 million in 2010-11. From 2010-11 to 2021-22, total public school enrollment is projected to increase by 7 percent to 53.1 million (2021-22 is the last year for which projected data are available). With this many children in our public school system, educating them, and educating them well, has to be a constant challenge for our educators.