Saturday, March 31, 2018

Thank you OPS educators

OPS Family,

I do not know where to begin in addressing the latest events in Frankfort other than to say thank you.

Thank you for the work you do everyday.  Thank you for the dignified and principled way you, as educators, have responded to the events of the past 24 hours.

Today, I witnessed many of you gathered around the front of school buildings entering together and vowing to do your job better today than yesterday.  Despite the undignified actions in our statehouse, our teachers put children first today as they do every day.

It was in these moments that hopefulness emerged for me.  The nobility and dignity of the teaching profession and the love that our teachers have for children cannot be defeated.  This is really the beginning of a new day for our collective work in promoting and supporting public education in Kentucky.

The bill passed yesterday will significantly impact the future of our profession more than those of us currently in the system. I am gravely concerned about that, but overall I am hopeful.   Hopeful about the prospect of change and the support I see for what we do.  Our community is supportive and stands with us and our work as educators.

Remember, you and your students are the driving force behind the future of our commonwealth.  I am proud to stand alongside you to help support the work you do every day, and proud to be a part of our great school district.
Have a safe and enjoyable Spring Break!

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