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It might be the across-the-board cuts that would devastate students in your school, the poor, and vulnerable and middle class families. Or the need to act now to put a halt to gun violence and protect our children. Maybe you think it’s high time Congress devise common-sense and comprehensive immigration reform that would enable millions of hard-working students and their families to have an opportunity to work toward their citizenship.
Arizona math teacher and National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel, in his letter to President Barack Obama about the State of the Union, spoke about the challenges educators and their students face every day:
Our members still see the impact of the troubled economy as their students continue to come to school hungry, sick or in need of counseling and other services. We try every day to mitigate the isolation and depression that so many students feel due to bullying, cultural and language differences within their schools, difficult family environments, and more. We see parents every day who worry about whether their jobs are secure and how they will afford to send their children—our students—to college. Across the country, we have been grieving the senseless loss of students and fellow educators in tragic school shootings—shootings that force us to relive all those that have occurred since 1997 in Paducah, Kentucky.
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