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Hirono, Colleagues Introduce Resolution to Honor Our Nation’s Teachers

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Susan Collins (D-ME), and 25 colleagues in introducing a bipartisan resolution to honor our nation’s teachers and commemorate National Teacher Appreciation Week as May 6-10. This resolution recognizes the important work of teachers across the nation and thank them for their efforts to prepare students for success.

“Educators in Hawaii and across our country are crucial to students’ success, laying the groundwork for our keiki to thrive in school and in life,” said Senator Hirono. “This resolution celebrates our educators, recognizing their dedication to students and commitment to supporting the next generation of leaders.”

In addition to Senators Hirono, Brown, and Collins, this resolution is cosponsored by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Tom Carper (D-DE), Gary Peters (D-MI), Jack Reed (D-RI), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Peter Welch (D-VT), John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Angus King (I-ME), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Laphonza Butler (D-CA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Shelley Capito (R-WV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Tina Smith (D-MN), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Marco Rubio (R-FL).

The full text of the resolution is available here.

Senator Hirono is committed to improving opportunities for students and supporting our nation’s teachers to prepare the next generation of students. In January 2024, the Senate passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senator Hirono recognizing National Board Certified Teachers by designating the last week of January as “National Board Certified Teacher Week.” In December 2023, Senator Hirono introduced the Impact Aid Infrastructure Partnership Act, legislation that would provide a total of $1 billion over four years for Impact Aid Construction Grants to address the significant backlog of facility needs at federally impacted school districts. In July 2023, Senator Hirono introduced the Rebuild America’s School’s Act, bicameral legislation that would target new federal infrastructure funding to help local school districts address school building and modernization needs. This bill would improve public school infrastructure and environments to ensure that school facilities are safe, healthy, sustainable, and offer positive learning environments for all students.