WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1) introduced the Annual Bipartisan Public Schools Week Resolution along with Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-2), Glenn “GT” Thompson (PA-15), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) and 83 of their colleagues. This year Public Schools Week is February 26 to March 1, and it serves as a time to celebrate the achievements of our public schools and honor the significant contributions and accomplishments of students, parents, educators, and education advocates.

“Public schools are the backbone of the American education system,” said Congressman Fitzpatrick. “Access to a high-quality education is a fundamental right in this country. Thank you to our teachers, parents, and education staff across the country, including in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, who work tirelessly to support our future leaders.”

“As a public school graduate from kindergarten through college, I’m proud to recognize the 9 out of every 10 students in America that attend a public school,” Congressman Pocan said. “I am committed to strengthening our public schools so that every child receives a high-quality education experience. Communities are stronger and schools are better when we all work together to support public education. Our shared future and our success depend on the support we give to public education today.”

"As a senior member of the House Committee on Education & the Workforce, former school board member, and parent of public school graduates, I remain committed to the role schools play in helping build strong communities,” Congressman Thompson said. “Every child deserves access to a high-quality education, so they can grow and achieve their potential. We must work to strengthen our public school system so these learning environments can better serve America's future generations."

“A quality system of public education system is critical to students, families, the economy, and democracy,” said Congresswoman Bonamici. “I have years of experience as an involved public school parent and volunteer, and I remain thankful for the dedicated work of teachers and school staff who show up every day to support students and families. I am pleased to co-lead the bipartisan Public Schools Week Resolution, and I will continue to advocate for the policies and resources schools need to provide every student with the opportunity for success.”

During Public Schools Week, national education groups representing teachers, principals, superintendents, parents, civil rights and disability advocates, and religious organizations highlight the importance of our public schools and the positive difference they make in shaping the future of our country. Public schools are open to every child – regardless of ability, wealth, country of origin, or needs, and by supporting public school systems we strengthen our country.