AFSA Attends Committee for Education Funding Gala

AFSA President Diann Woodard joined NAESP Executive Director, Gail Connelly and NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti recently attended the Committee for Education Funding’s (CEF) 2014 Gala. The principals’ groups were joined by Congressional staff members Gohar Sidghi, for Senator Al Franken (DFL-Mn) and Brandon Mendoza, staffer for Rep. Susan Davis (D-Ca). Rep. Davis and Sen. Franken are the sponsors of the Congressional Resolution recognizing the month of October 2014 as “National Principals Month.”CEF_GalaAd_082114_P4[4][1]-page-001 (1)

The honorees included Representative George Miller (D-Ca), Senator Patty Murray (D-Wa), Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md), Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-Wv) and Representative Hal Rogers (R-Ky).

Senator Patty Murray received the Terrell H. Bell Education Advocacy Award “For outstanding advocacy of education as a congressional and national priority.” Senator Murray spoke at length about the importance of quality education for all children, and the power of being involved and letting your elected officials know you care about education. She told a story of how she first got involved in politics, when her state legislative representative told her she couldn’t make a difference, because she was just one mom in tennis shoes. “I’ve never forgotten how much we can accomplish when we bring people together, share their stories, and fight for policies that work for families and communities.”

L to R: Jessica Seitz, National PTA, Kelly Pollitt (NAESP), Brandon Mendoza (Rep. Susan Davis), Diann, Nick, JoAnn B, Gohar Sedighi (Sen. Franken) L to R bottom: Jacki Ball (NASSP), Amanda Karhuse (NASSP)

L to R: Jessica Seitz, National PTA, Kelly Pollitt (NAESP), Brandon Mendoza (Rep. Susan Davis), Diann Woodard, Nick Spina, JoAnn B, Gohar Sedighi (Sen. Franken)
L to R bottom: Jacki Ball (NASSP), Amanda Karhuse (NASSP)

Representative George Miller was presented the Richard W. Riley Career Service Award “For an outstanding career of exemplary support of better education for all.”

Senator Jay Rockefeller received the Special Recognition Award “For demonstrating extraordinary advocacy on behalf of our nation’s children and students.”

Senator Barbara Mikulski was awarded the William H. Natcher Distinguished Service Award “For distinguished services during this session of Congress in elevating the priority for education funding to ensure better opportunities for our nation’s citizens.”

Representative Hal Rogers stated that the policy of sequestration is “unintelligent and uneducated.”