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Sponsored by: StudentsFirst

It's not often that education research studies make the front page of the New York Times, but this was a big exception. A far-reaching study by Harvard and Columbia researchers found that highly effective elementary and middle school teachers directly led to better success in life for their students.

Clearly, teacher quality matters a lot for the future of our kids and our country as a whole. We need to make sure we keep our best teachers in the classroom and we reward them with pay that reflects the importance of their work so that every kid has the opportunity to learn from a great teacher.

Support efforts to recruit, reward and retain great teachers for all American students.

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Jul 10, 2014 Amanda Albuquerque
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2014 Fay Luna van Hardeveld
Jul 9, 2014 Quentin Babel
Jul 9, 2014 Alissa Newton
Jul 9, 2014 Cynthia Brooks-Fetty
Jul 9, 2014 Debi Lawson
Jul 9, 2014 Charleen Murphy
Jul 9, 2014 nathalie cikin
Jul 9, 2014 Michelle dBeer
Jul 8, 2014 christine dufour
Jul 8, 2014 Abby Wong
Jul 8, 2014 Lis Farrell
Jul 8, 2014 Monique Lowther
Jul 8, 2014 Irwin Hoenig
Jul 8, 2014 Emily Jelassi
Jul 8, 2014 Susan Sanocki
Jul 8, 2014 sharon tieman
Jul 8, 2014 Bogdan Antoane
Jul 8, 2014 Kenneth Sanchez
Jul 8, 2014 S. C.
Jul 8, 2014 Cindy Barker
Jul 8, 2014 Francesco Cavarra
Jul 8, 2014 elizabeth cano
Jul 8, 2014 Carly French
Jul 8, 2014 Kwame Asiedu These teachers work so hard and they need to get paid the amount of money they deserve. They positively influence children all over the world and guide them to success. Please fight for them.
Jul 8, 2014 karin vrbek
Jul 8, 2014 Rae Pearson
Jul 8, 2014 Teresa Haller
Jul 8, 2014 Nancy Sanderson
Jul 8, 2014 Natalie Hughes
Jul 8, 2014 Kathryn Hutter
Jul 8, 2014 Kristina DesJardins Being a student teacher myself and helping, even taking control of plans etc. is demanding esp. w/diff.. learning styles, special needs etc. PLEASE raise the $ higher. If there is not good teachers staying the education will keep declining.
Jul 8, 2014 David Klass
Jul 8, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 8, 2014 Sara Hinchey
Jul 3, 2014 Wendy Womack
Jul 3, 2014 Janice Smith
Jul 3, 2014 Dolores Barker
Jul 3, 2014 ABBAS ALI ARIF
Jul 3, 2014 Beth Zeller Teachers spend more time with our children than we as parents do. Education and knowledge to help those on the spectrum is essential so they can benefit and learn without struggling because of lack of knowledge on part of teachers or other students.
Jul 3, 2014 Elena Avolio Teachers make the world of difference in a child's life. Thanks to all their hard work & dedication, my son, has a bright future!!!
Jul 2, 2014 James Taylor
Jul 2, 2014 (Name not displayed) I'm a single mom my 13 year old attended a school who were supposed to help him .Instead he got bullied by students & neglected by his teacher ,counselor and principle . Now he thinks all schools are like this & he is discouraged to progress in school.
Jul 2, 2014 Kim Mitchell Teachers need to be better educated in special needs children. Many time the kids that look "normal" but have a diagnosis fall in the cracks of education. Education and understanding is the key.
Jul 2, 2014 (Name not displayed) I agree about investing in good educators. I have a learning disability and having a good teacher/paraprofessional is really helpful especially if you struggle with math or reading. And it's hard to find that helpful person. So please go through with this
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Jul 2, 2014 RONALD MADEN
Jul 2, 2014 Linda Thacker-Byrd

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