WEAC Region 3 members!
I hope you have had a chance to recharge the batteries over the summer. I know many of you have spent many hours preparing for the new school year -- taking classes, going to workshops, and working on curriculum. Whoever said teachers have off all summer was a liar.
Soon the students will be pouring through the doors and sitting in our classrooms eagerly ready to learn. Some will come to school with all the tools and supports they need to make the best of their education. Unfortunately, others will not. But we, the public schools, will welcome them, encourage them, support them, and do everything we can to help them reach their full potential. That is why I am proud to be a PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER.
Public schools are the cornerstone of our democratic society. Public schools are the great equalizer, making it possible for upward mobility. Public schools are the driver of our economy. That is why I am a WEAC member. We are the biggest organization in our state that is fighting to protect and improve our public education system.
When we stand together, we can improve our schools. When we stand together, we can improve our working and teaching conditions. When we stand together, we can improve our communities. And, when we stand together, we can improve the lives of our students.
Think about it: if not us, then who? Who else will fight for reasonable class sizes? Who else will fight for resources so you have what you need to do your job? Who else will fight those who want to steal money from public schools for unaccountable voucher schools? Who else will fight to make sure our pay is adequate and protect the WRS? That's right, all of us, together.
We are here, and we are getting stronger. I hope you have a fantastic year.
WEAC Region 3 President