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November 18, 2009

Statement by Superintendent Castillo on Education Support Professionals Day

SALEM - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo today commended support professionals in schools across Oregon for their service and dedication in educating our students. Education Support Professionals Day, first celebrated in 1987, is part of the National Education Association’s America Education Week, an effort to spotlight the importance of providing every child in America with a quality public education from kindergarten through college. Over 30,000 support professionals were employed at Oregon public schools in the 2008-2009 school year.

Castillo issued the following statement of recognition for Oregon’s education support professionals:

“Oregon schools succeed thanks to the tireless work of countless professionals making a difference both inside and outside the classroom. Education support professionals provide critical services for our students: ensuring a safe and healthy learning environment; transporting students to and from school; preparing and serving nutritious meals; and providing teachers with the clerical and administrative support to excel in the classroom. They are the unsung heroes of our education system and today is a chance to give them the recognition they deserve. I hope that all Oregonians will join me today in thanking these dedicated individuals for the impact they make on our children’s lives every day.”

Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Jake Weigler, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5650

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