6 Facts on public schools for American Education Week

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This week, public education and those who are at the forefront of educating young minds across the country gets a giant salute. This week is hailed as American Education Week and honors those making sure children in public education are receiving the quality they deserve. This year's theme is "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Responsibility." 

Each day of the week focuses on a different aspect of public education, including the following: 

  • Monday: Kickoff Day
  • Tuesday: Parents Day
  • Wednesday: Education Support Professionals Day
  • Thursday: Educator for a Day
  • Friday: Substitute Educators Day

In honor of this week, we've compiled 6 facts honoring public education. You can see all of them below. 

  1. The Boston Latin School is the oldest public school in the US founded in 1635. Five signers of the Declaration of Independence attended the school including Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, Samuel Adams and William Hopper.
  2. In 2012, there were 78 million students enrolled in school spanning from nursery school to college.
  3. Around 480,000 yellow school buses carry 25 million children to and from school every day.
  4. 346,666,660 miles per car are saved daily by students taking the bus to school.
  5. Charter and magnet schools are public schools. School choice programs have continued to increase since 1993.
  6. More teachers in public schools tend to hold a master’s degree compared to charter schools and private schools.

To get more information on American Education Week, visit the NEA website