Senator Roger Wicker to Be Recognized as a Teach For America Congressional Champion

Wicker Honored for Efforts to Increase Educational Equity for Students

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Jackson, Miss., February 3, 2016—This week, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) will be recognized as a Teach For America Congressional Champion  for his continued efforts to expand educational opportunities for students in Mississippi and across the nation. Wicker is one of 12 members of Congress to be honored in this way by Teach For America CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard.

“Our Congressional champions have played an instrumental role in growing Teach For America’s impact in our first 25 years. 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,” said Teach For America CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard. “I am thankful for leaders like Senator Wicker who are committed to ensuring that all children in this nation have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.”

Senator Wicker was selected for his unwavering support of Teach For America in Mississippi and Washington, D.C. Specifically, Wicker is being recognized for championing quality alternative teacher certification programs, for his demonstrated leadership in securing adequate funding for the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) program that enables excellent teacher training and his championing of AmeriCorps funding to support those willing to dedicate themselves to serving our most vulnerable populations

“I appreciate this honor from Teach For America and its recognition of my efforts to improve educational opportunities in Mississippi,” Wicker said. “I have seen firsthand the impact that Teach For America members have had on the lives of students across our state. I will continue to work with teachers and parents to make a positive difference in our classrooms and communities.”

Teach For America has been a community partner in the Mississippi Delta since 1991. As the national organization celebrates its 25th anniversary, here in Mississippi 280 corps members and 200 alumni have been instrumental in improving the educational outcomes and opportunities for children, within and beyond classroom walls. In addition to continuing to teach, Teach For America alumni are demonstrating their social entrepreneurship leading public policy organizations, such as alumni-led Mississippi First; forging community-wide engagement strategies, like the Indianola Promise Community; heading nonprofits focused on learning and leadership, such as the Sunflower Freedom Project; launching the state’s first charter schools; and leading schools, including in partnership with  Barksdale Reading Institute.

2016 Congressional Champions

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)

Rep. Susan W. Brooks (R-IN)

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK)

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)

Sen. William Cassidy (R-LA)

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)

Chairman John Kline (R-MN)

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Rep.  Bobby  Scott (D-VA))

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)

About Teach For America
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today, 8,600 corps members are teaching in 52 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 42,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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