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November 18, 2013


Dear CEA Member,


Today kicks off American Education Week — a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor everyone who makes a difference in ensuring that children receive a quality education. It’s an appropriate time of year to share my sincere thanks for the hard work that CEA members put forth each and every day on behalf of public school students.


Teachers give so much all year long. You give to your students, your communities, your colleagues, and of course your own family and friends. That’s why educators are some of the most trusted people in our communities. YOU are creating your community’s future.

During American Education Week, we celebrate all partners who support our students and make great public schools possible. We give thanks to the education support professionals, parents, substitute teachers, and everyone who is committed to student success. A school is only as strong as its people, and teachers are the biggest in-school factor in students’ academic success.


You have a lot on your plate, and unfortunately educators often don’t receive the recognition they deserve. But please always remember you are appreciated. Despite the attacks on teachers and public education, know that there are students, parents, community members, and teaching colleagues standing behind you who are very grateful for the work you do.


You make a difference every day. Thank you for your deep personal connection to the success of every child.



Sheila Cohen
CEA President

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