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Sen. Moran Reintroduces Legislation to Honor Fallen Educators

Legislation Would Designate Memorial as National Memorial

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) recently reintroduced legislation (S. 167) to designate the Memorial to Fallen Educators at Emporia State University (ESU) as a national memorial.

“When someone asks the question: ‘other than your family, name a person who has made a difference in your life?’ the answer has never been my senator or my congressman. More often the response is a teacher,” Sen. Moran said. “Tragically, far too many educators have lost their lives in the line of their professional duty either at the hands of students or while protecting their students from adults perpetrating violent acts. As a nation, we should recognize together the incredible sacrifices they each made because of their dedication to educating, caring for, protecting, and changing the lives of young Americans.”

The Memorial to Fallen Educators is located on the ESU campus, in conjunction with the National Teacher Hall of Fame (NTHF). The memorial lists the names of educators since 1764 who have lost their lives while working with students. The memorial is built and paid for, and was dedicated in June 2014.

The memorial would still be owned and cared for by the NTHF and ESU, but would have the prestige of a national memorial. There is no taxpayer cost associated with the legislation – private funds will continue to be used to maintain the memorial.

Sen. Moran spoken on the Senate floor last summer to advocate for the national designation of the Memorial to Fallen Educators. Click here to view his speech and here for a transcript.

Click here to read the full text of the legislation.


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