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It's Teacher Appreciation Week, and parent volunteers at schools around the country are knocking themselves out to thank the professionals who educate our children. And while our teachers are pleased to receive Starbucks cards and be feted at school luncheons, nothing beats giving them the respect they deserve. Teaching in 2012 is a difficult job made more so by candidates and elected officials who score political points by criticizing public education, stripping teachers unions of their rights to negotiate and pushing for privatization schemes with an eye toward dismantling America's public education system.
National Education Association Vice President Lily Eskelsen is our guest this week. Lily, an elementary teacher from Utah, is one of the highest-ranking labor leaders in the country and one of its most influential Hispanic educators (she's an Obama appointee to the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, whose goal is to expand education opportunities and improve education outcomes for Hispanic students.)
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