Rep. Fattah Honored with Education Leadership Award

Sep 24, 2012, 15:34 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), an innovative and effective advocate for education reform throughout his legislative career, has been honored with a national award for leadership from the Educational Policy Institute.

Fattah received the prestigious 2012 Education Achievement Award today during the Institute's National Capitol Summit on Capitol Hill.

"If we're going to compete with countries with a billion plus population and we're a country with 300 million people, it is no longer possible for us to believe that we're going to retain our global leadership while leaving some students in the shadows," Fattah said in accepting the award. "We can't write these children off.  It has nothing to do with charity or anything else. It is an economic imperative."

Congressman Fattah is the author of GEAR UP – Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs – which has prepared about four million low income and under-served students from 6th to 12th grades for higher education over the past 12 years. He has sponsored legislation to create a framework for equitable distribution of resources between rich and poor school districts and schools.

"We are pleased to present the Education Achievement Award to Congressman Fattah in recognition of his outstanding effort and commitment to educational excellence," said Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President and CEO of the Institute.

The Educational Policy Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy center on education from Pre-K through higher education. Its mission is to expand educational opportunity for low income and other historically under-represented students through high level research and analysis.

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah