Monday marks the beginning of National Teacher Appreciation Week, a staple since 1984 which recognizes and honors America’s teachers for their passion, dedication, and skills. Tuesday is recognized as “National Teacher’s Day” and when most celebrations are held.

Bucks County State Representative Perry Warren attended the Bucks County Educate vs. Incarcerate Roundtable, hosted by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, on Friday morning just ahead of National Teacher Appreciation week.

The purpose of the meeting was for legislators, school representatives, and law enforcement to share information on how to educate students while keeping them out of trouble, and eventually jail.

This year’s National Teacher Appreciation Week follows a strike last week which garnered national attention. Arizona teachers fought for budget and pay increases for education, and eventually received a 19% pay increases over 3 years.

Representative Warren advocates for funding education, including Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to increases next year’s budget by $40 million. The increase would expand access to publicly funded pre-kindergarten statewide.

“It’s clear from decades of research that investing in high-quality early learning programs is good for our youngest learners and good for our communities,” Warren explained.

“High-quality pre-K helps ensure children are ready to succeed when they enter kindergarten and increases the likelihood that they’ll graduate from high school.

Warren also stated on his twitter @RepPerryWarren on Monday his support for the schools in his district, Council Rock, Pennsbury and Morrisville, and the educators within.