Burr Honored for Leadership in the Effort to End Educational Inequity

Washington, D.C., February 10, 2011 - U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) was presented with the Teach For America Congressional Champion Award today for his ongoing leadership in the effort to expand educational opportunity for America's students. Burr was one of 12 Members of Congress to receive the award from Teach For America founder and CEO Wendy Kopp during a luncheon ceremony in the Kennedy Caucus Room.

"The support of our Congressional champions has played such a significant role in growing our impact in our first 20 years. Not only have they been instrumental in providing criticalfunding and policy changes, but their backing has given confidence to thousands of others who have made an investment in our mission," Kopp said. "I am incredibly grateful to Senator Burr for his ongoing leadership in the field of education, and for enabling Teach For America to invest in future generations of leaders committed to working inside and outside of the classroom to provide all children with an excellent education."

Teach For America selected Senator Burr for the Congressional Champion Award in recognition of his commitment to educational excellence for all students and to the efforts of Teach For America in North Carolina and across the nation. Several research studies using student data from North Carolina have found that Teach For America corps members have a positive impact on student achievement across subjects and grade levels.

"Providing our students with a quality education is the key to their future success and to the continued competitiveness of our nation in the global economy," Burr said "The mission of this outstanding national organization is to eliminate educational inequity in this country by attracting dedicated, talented college graduates to teach and make a lasting impact in underserved communities across the country. I am honored to be recognized by an organization that plays such a critical role in preparing our current generation of students to be the next generation of leaders."

Teach For America is the national corps of top recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to expand educational opportunity. Teach For America's network includes 8,200 corps members teaching in 39 regions and a national force of 20,000 alumni at the forefront of efforts to end educational inequity.

This year in Charlotte and Eastern North Carolina, more than 350 Teach For America corps members are reaching approximately 21,000 students in underserved schools while some 600 alumni are working from every sector to level the playing field for students and families in low-income communities. For more information, visit http://www.teachforamerica.org/.