New Education Commissioner Michael Williams joined PTA and supporters of education on the south steps of the Capitol to honor and to recognize educators. KVUE has a preview of today’s rally.
On Wednesday morning as lawmakers host a public hearing regarding new higher education regulations inside the State Capitol, the group will rally on the South Steps to jump start the 180-day marathon.
The rally begins at 10 a.m. Speakers scheduled include the newly appointed Commissioner of Education Michael Williams. There will also be a special performance by the Westwood High School Honors Band.
The 180-day marathon runs in conjunction with the 180 days of the school year. By the end of the 2012-2013 school year, the group wants to recognize at least 100,000 educators.
“It sounds cliche: ‘Power of the People,’ but it means a lot,” said 2011 PTA President from Arlington Lisa Grabowski.
The movement comes after a year of struggles for educators who had to face deep funding cuts. The budget restraints forced districts to make layoffs and cut educational programs.
“They all work hard and they peddle all day long but it’s challenging,” said Charles Dupre, 2011 Pflugerville ISD Superintendent.
Currently PTA is accepting nominations. Any educator is eligible. That includes current or former superintendents, librarians, principals or teachers. A dedicated website allows people to nominate their favorite educator.