We ask a lot of our nation’s teachers, Secretary Duncan said in a video message to the educators of Sandy Hook Elementary School. “But no one could possibly ask for this kind of sacrifice,” he said of the courage shown by educators during last week’s tragedy in Newtown, Conn.
In his video message, Secretary Duncan expressed his deep gratitude to teachers, school leaders, and school administrators for the “quiet heroism” they have shown since the Sandy Hook shootings in responding to students’ concerns and seeking to restore a sense of safety and normalcy in our nation’s schools, despite their own feelings of fragility.
Secretary Duncan will visit Newtown on Wednesday, Dec. 19, to talk with Sandy Hook staff and to attend the wake of Principal Dawn Hochsprung.
Watch the Secretary’s message below, and click here to read the text.
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