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“Looking back at my own childhood, I saw how important it was for me to mentor young girls in particular. I didn’t have any of that myself. I believe that God has destined me for this role, and that belief drives me every single day.”
In just the last three weeks of this new year, there have been 40 shootings. There were 647 mass shootings in 2022 alone. Firearms are now the No. 1 cause of death among American children.
The meeting was an outgrowth of a letter to President Biden from Pugliese after the release of National Assessment of Educational Progress data in October 2022.

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As educators we need to find ways to help students in these difficult times. That’s why a red flag went up when word hit the street that the New Jersey State Board of Education was planning to re-establish a graduation test requirement this year.
Schools and their instructional and informational infrastructures are common targets for malicious actors.
“I wanted to be a champion for kids who were like my brothers. It shouldn’t have been a problem for them. It probably wouldn’t have been today.”
Cynthia Larkin's sense of mission would animate her entire career in education.
We must encourage top elected officials to protect our district leaders, school leaders and teachers from political attacks.
Education was Pam Kirk’s destiny. “I was one of those kids who always played school,” she said. “I would line up my dolls and stuffed toys, and my sisters Laura and Lisa, and I would teach.”
The White House and Congress need to do more for educators' social emotional needs.