EMPORIA, Kan (WIBW)- The memorial to fallen educators at Emporia State University is one step closer to national status.
The bill, which would designate the Memorial to Fallen Educators on ESU's campus as a registered national memorial, passed the Senate Friday, nearly a year after Sen. Jerry Moran first introduced the legislation.
Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran introduced the legislation for a second time in January, but discussion about making the memorial a nationally-recognized site has been ongoing since construction of the memorial was completed in 2014.
“Our country’s educators play an integral role in shaping the next generations of Americans, and their hard work and dedication to their students too often goes unrecognized,” said Sen. Moran in a statement.
The memorial, which was the brainchild of the National Teachers Hall of Fame on the ESU campus, came to fruition after a lengthy capitol campaign to fund the project.
The memorial lists the names of educators around the nation who have lost their lives while working with students or protecting them from harm. The oldest name on the memorial dates back to 1764.
According to a statement from Sen. Moran's office, this legislation carries no cost to taxpayers. Instead, it directs that the memorial continue to be owned and cared for by the Teachers Hall of Fame and the university. Private funds will be used for maintenance to the memorial.
Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall introduced a similar bill in the House on May 25, but that legislation has yet to pass in that chamber.