Last week we celebrated "World Teachers' Day". World Teachers' Day (www.5Oct.org) has been held each year since 1994 on October 5, and commemorates the 1966 signing of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers. On this day we acknowledge the many ways teachers make a difference in the lives of their students and in their communities. Education by quality teachers reduces poverty and inequality, and provides a foundation for sound governance, civic participation, and strong societal institutions.
I believe that teaching is one of the most important professions in our society -- yet too often, America's educators find themselves underpaid, and overworked with high class sizes. Unfortunately, due to state and local budget crises in California, too many of our best young teachers are receiving layoff notices instead of accolades. We must do more to encourage promising young people to enter the profession, and keep America's best and brightest where they can impact the most lives -- in the classroom.
In efforts to keep our nations teachers in the classroom, I have introduce H.R. 85, The Teacher Education Assistance Creating Hope (TEACH) for our Future Act. This legislation will help provide up to $25,000 in student loan relief to any teacher, regardless of the subject matter or part of the country they teach, as long as he or she has completed five years of quality work in one of our nation's public schools.
It's time for America to say thank you to our nation's teachers -- and to make it a little bit easier for them to receive the education and resources they need to mold our future generations.
JOE BACA, Congressman
43rd Congressional District