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Letter urging support for national monument to educators

March 15, 2016

Dear Senator:  

On behalf of the three million members of the National Education Association and the students they serve, I urge you to support the National Memorial to Fallen Educators Act of 2015 (S. 2061) when it is taken up at the hearing on Thursday, March 17.  

S. 2061 would designate an existing memorial to fallen educators a national monument. Located at the National Teachers Hall of Fame in Emporia, Kansas, this memorial honors the more than 114 educators from 36 states who have lost their lives while performing their professional duties since the year 1764. Designating it a national monument would not entail the expenditure of any federal funds—now or in the future.

Educators enter the profession because of their commitment to our nation’s children. Those who pay the ultimate price—in many cases, to safeguard their students—deserve the recognition a national monument acknowledging their sacrifice would provide. We urge you to support S. 2061 not only to honor those educators who lost their lives while doing their jobs, but to help heighten public awareness of the critical role America’s educators play in equipping our nation’s youth to succeed in school and in life.


Mary Kusler
Director, Government Relations