Hi. I'm Noe Ortega. Pennsylvania's Secretary of Education.
I recently wrote a letter to our school communities in preparation for the new school year that I'd like to read to you.
It goes like this:
Dear learners, educators, school staff, families, board members, and communities…
A new school year is upon us.
You'll soon be safely back together in classrooms across Pennsylvania.
…Teaching, learning, and growing together.
…Exploring, discovering, and inventing together.
…Being kind, compassionate, and caring together.
…Facing challenges and breaking down barriers together.
…Including and supporting one another together.
…Creating new beginnings and moving forward together.
I'm proud of you. I'm inspired by you. And I want to see each and every one of you succeed.
Welcome to the 2021-22 school year.