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Cole Honored with Teach For America’s Congressional Champion Award

February 5, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after he was named a recipient of the Teach For America Congressional Champion Award, which is given out only once every five years. Cole was one of 12 honored with the award during Teach For America’s 25th anniversary celebration this week.  

“Without question, one of the greatest investments we can make in our young people is ensuring all students have access to a quality education and the tools they need to succeed,” said Congressman Cole. “The importance of that investment has always been foundational to Teach For America’s mission and continues to beat proudly in the hearts of its corps members and alumni spread out across the United States. As Teach For America marks 25 years of service to children in disadvantaged circumstances, I am honored to be recognized for my support of policies and programs—like Teach For America—that help those students achieve excellence.”

“Our Congressional champions have played an instrumental role in growing Teach For America’s impact in our first 25 years,” said Teach For America CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard. “Their support for critical funding and key policy provisions  has helped expand educational opportunity for children growing up in poverty across the country and inspired thousands of individuals to join the fight for educational equity and excellence. I am thankful for leaders like Congressman Cole who are committed to ensuring that all children in this nation have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.”

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Sarah Corley (Cole)
Jamila Reeves (Teach For America)