Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) proudly cosponsored a Resolution this week recognizing the important contributions made daily by our nations educators.

Teachers plant the seeds of learning in the minds of their students, said Poe. I support America's teachers and I am proud to be a cosponsor of this resolution. This measure recognizes significant roles and contributions that America's teachers have had and continue to have building and enhancing our country's civic, cultural and economic well-being.

National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4, 2008, through May 10, 2008, is to raise public awareness of the unquantifiable contributions of teachers and to promote greater respect and understanding for the teaching profession.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that there are six million teachers in the United States, continued Poe. My career in public service is a direct result of the influence by my seventh grade Texas history teacher, Mrs. Wilson. She formed early on a desire in my soul to go into public service. I encourage everyone to take the time to thank those teachers that made a difference in their lives.

In addition to cosponsoring HR 1130, Congressman Poe has also cosponsored additional legislation aimed at addressing social security benefits for teachers: the Social Security Fairness Act of 2007 repeals the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) that alters Social Security benefits for teachers, firefighters, and peace officers whose retirement plans are different from Social Security.