HCR 16: Proclaiming February to be Public Education Month.

00 HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 16 01 Proclaiming February to be Public Education Month. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS the founding fathers of the United States of America valued public 04 education and considered it essential to the survival of the democratic form of government; 05 and 06 WHEREAS high quality public education is one of the cornerstones of the 07 Constitution of the State of Alaska and a fundamental civil right; and 08 WHEREAS public schools serve every child in a community regardless of race, 09 religion, or ability and provide the opportunity for students to learn from and understand 10 people with diverse backgrounds and cultures; and 11 WHEREAS 90 percent of all American children attend public schools, and 12 Americans must focus national attention on making public schools as good as they can be; 13 and 14 WHEREAS, every year, millions of American children across the country graduate 15 from public schools, having completed the toughest curricula in our nation's history; and 16 WHEREAS public education provides a tuition free system in which parents can

01 obtain detailed information about their children's schools, support their children, and be 02 involved in school activities; and 03 WHEREAS public education safeguards the quality of education offered to children 04 throughout the country and provides a safe and effective learning environment; and 05 WHEREAS education in America involves a wide range of academic, social, and 06 individual goals, and the principal responsibility for providing that education should be in the 07 public sector; and 08 WHEREAS, in the public schools, the public interest in education is more 09 deliberately and proactively represented and is more open to public scrutiny than in any other 10 schools; 11 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature proclaims February to be Public 12 Education Month; and be it 13 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature requests that the state 14 Board of Education and Early Development promote, publicize, and increase awareness of the 15 important role public education plays in the state's history. 16 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the 17 Honorable Mark Begich, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, 18 members of the Alaska delegation in Congress; the Honorable Sean Parnell, Governor of 19 Alaska; the Honorable Mike Hanley, Commissioner, Department of Education and Early 20 Development; and the members of the state Board of Education and Early Development.