Sen. Carper Honors Charter Schools Students and Leadership; Cosponsors Resolution to Recognize National Charter Schools Week
May 06 2011
WASHINGTON – Last night, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) joined his Senate colleagues to congratulate the students, parents, teachers and administrators of charter schools in Delaware and across the nation for their ongoing contribution to education, and to formally recognize the week of May 1 through May 7 as the 12th annual National Charter Schools Week. The resolution, introduced by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) earlier this week, unanimously passed the Senate Thursday night.
"Part of our efforts to ensure American competiveness and success in the future must include strategic investments in areas like education," said Sen. Carper, a long-time advocate for charter schools. "Public charter schools can help propel our students to a brighter, stronger future; however, it takes strong leaders, skilled educators, enthusiastic students and supportive families to make a good school great. I am proud to join my colleagues to honor those in the First State and the rest of the nation who promote and support charter schools' mission of innovation and excellence in our public education system."
In addition to Sen. Carper, the other cosponsors of the resolution are Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Sen. Joseph Lieberman (ID-Conn.) and Sen. David Vitter (R-La.).