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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) announced the passage of his resolution asking that all members of Congress spend at least one day a year as a substitute teacher.  The resolution builds upon Sen. Kennedy’s long practice of serving as a teacher several times a year by urging other lawmakers to gain firsthand knowledge of the challenges facing educators and students in the classroom.

“I started substitute teaching 15 years ago when I realized there was a huge disconnect between lawmakers and teachers of secondary and elementary schools.  Teaching is the most difficult job in the world, and very few members of Congress have stood in front of a class of students and taught,” said Sen. Kennedy.   “Teachers not only have to teach, but they’re expected to be psychologists and sociologists and mentors and mommies and daddies.  You have to get in there and experience it to really know what’s going on in the classroom these days.  I’m proud to see my resolution pass the U.S. Senate.  I hope many of my colleagues take the initiative to experience the challenges and rewards of the classroom.”

Click here to read the full text of Sen. Kennedy’s resolution.