KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City Congressman Emanuel Cleaver is amped up about the upcoming school year.
Cleaver spoke to staff in the Hickman Mills School District during a district event last week, telling the teachers they “are the light” for this nation.
“You shine brighter than anybody else,” Cleaver said passionately, drawing applause from the crowd. “You ought to be willing to stand up and say ‘I'm a teacher, I'm worth everything I get and I'm worth even more.’”
Cleaver also spoke on teacher salaries, saying they aren’t high enough.
“Why in the word do I pay a wide receiver who drops three out of five passes $20 million a year, and I don’t want to pay a teacher $50,000 to start.”
You can see more of what Cleaver had to say by clicking the video above or visiting the Hickman Mills School District Facebook page .
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