2020 Dems take to Twitter to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day

A slew of Democratic presidential candidates on Monday and Tuesday took to Twitter to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day. 


The tweets come as many in the crowded primary field, which has grown to 22 candidates, seek to highlight their support for raising the minimum wage and strengthening labor movements, two developments which would impact public educators.

“Denver Spanish teacher Kelsey’s salary isn’t enough to open a savings account. ‘There are just days that I don’t know how much longer I can do it,’” Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (Calif.) tweeted. “Average teacher salaries are down 4.5% in the past decade. It’s time we give them a raise.”


Harris unveiled a plan in March to use federal funds to boost teachers’ pay as part of her 2020 platform.

Teachers deserve our endless thanks on #TeacherAppreciationDay and every day. And you know what else they deserve? To be paid as though they hold our kids’ futures in their hands—because they do,” Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Warren, Pressley introduce bill to make it a crime for police officers to deny medical care to people in custody Senate Dems press DOJ over coronavirus safety precautions in juvenile detention centers MORE (N.Y.) tweeted. 


“I grew up to be a teacher, then a senator – in no small part because of Mrs. Lee, my 2nd grade teacher. She opened the door to a world of opportunity for me. If we want to invest in brighter futures for our kids, we must invest more in our teachers today. #TeacherAppreciationWeek,” Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (Mass.), a former public school teacher and Harvard Law School professor, tweeted Monday.


“Today, our teachers aren’t getting the kind of support and the kind of help that they need,” she added in an attached video. “Teachers are being paid so little, that many teachers are working two and three jobs just to make ends meet. Many have to go into their own pockets in order to come up with the supplies that their kids need. That’s just not right.”

The issue of public teachers’ salaries has grown in prominence in recent months after numerous stories emerged of educators working multiple jobs and tapping into personal funds to purchase school supplies. Teachers also waged high-profile strikes in a litany of states last year demanding an increase in pay that resulted in several policy changes.

Former Vice President and Democratic frontrunner Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE took the opportunity to thank his wife, who teaches at Northern Virginia Community College.

“I’m so inspired by @DrBiden for her dedication to educating future generations. Happy #TeacherAppreciationDay to all the hardworking educators out there!” Biden tweeted.

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“To the teachers who care for our kids, who inspire them, who support and encourage them, who expand their minds and help open their hearts. Thank you. We as parents, and as a nation, are forever indebted to you. #ThankATeacher,” former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperGun control group rolls out first round of Senate endorsements The Hill’s Campaign Report: Republicans go on attack over calls to ‘defund the police’ Hickenlooper ethics questions open him up to attack MORE tweeted.


“What do you appreciate the most about your child’s teacher? If you’re a teacher, what do you wish folks appreciated more about your profession? #TeacherAppreciationDay #TeacherAppreciationWeek #TeacherTalkTuesday,” Chasten Buttigieg, the husband of South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE, asked. Mayor Buttigieg retweeted the message.