November 18 - 22 is American Education Week (AEW)! The first AEW was held in 1921 and initiated by the National Education Association (NEA). NEA President, Dennis Van Roekel, reports that 1 in 5 Americans attended public schools last year K-12 through college. Public education employs over 3 million people and 43% of the public school employees are support people (i.e. bus drivers, office staff, paraprofessionals).
Public education has taken on a tremendous responsibility when it comes to our society. Author Jamie Vollmer created a list called "The Ever Increasing Burden on America’s Public Schools."