“I Love Public Education” campaign highlights importance of public schools

Twenty-five national education organizations, including NSBA, AASA, NSPRA and National PTA, are participating in the March 12-16 2018 “I Love Public Education” campaign. 

The initiative was inspired by a similar campaign in Nebraska and highlights why public schools are essential to developing future generations who will maintain our country’s status as a world leader. 

Did you know:

  • 90 percent of students in America attend public schools. That equates to 50.3 million students enrolled in 91.430 traditional public schools and 6,450 public charter schools. 
  • Last year, 83 percent of those students graduated high school – the highest graduate rate in the nation’s history. 
  • 14.57 million school breakfasts are served in our nation’s schools each day. 
  • 30.3 million school lunches are served each day. This includes 20.1 million free and 2 million reduced price lunches. 
  • 3.13 million teachers work in America’s public schools.  

Two key messages of the campaign include ensuring that public dollars are spent on public schools, and our nation must keep investing in the people, programs and supports that make our public schools great. 

Several special events are planned the week of March 12-16 to highlight the importance of public schools on the national level.  

  • Speeches on the floor of the U.S. Senate are planned on March 13 to celebrate the great things happening in public education.  
  • The next day, March 14, a press conference will be held introducing a statement of support signed by over 50 national organizations.  
  • On March 15 you can participate in a Tweet Storm using #PublicSchoolsWeek from 1-3 p.m. ET.  
  • On Friday, March 16 watch for details about a panel discussion on how funding impacts public school students, moderated by Lauren Camera, national education reporter for U.S. News and World Report.  

A toolkit developed as part of the campaign can be found HERE and includes a variety of schools and other organizations can highlight the importance of Kansas public schools. 

Follow @AASAHQ (American Association of School Administrators); @NationalPTA; @NSPRA (National School Public Relations Association); @NSBAComm (National School Board Association); @NEAToday (National Education); and the hashtags #PublicSchoolsWeek and #LovePublicSchools to learn more. 

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