The first week in February was a busy one. As OEA members were contacting our congressional team from back home, Lori Burris and Becky Felts made stops at the offices of Senators Coburn and Inhofe and Representatives Boren, Cole and Fallin to discuss the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
During the week, the NEA Fund for Children and Education meeting and the NEA Board Meeting were held as well. And on Friday, February 6th, we attended the 2009 National Foundation for the Improvement of Education Banquet (NFIE).
The NEA Foundation presented its inaugural Award for Philanthropy in Public Education to Verizon Communications and its 2009 Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education to Sesame Workshop at its annual Salute to Excellence in Education awards gala held at the National Museum Building in Washington, DC. Known as the Academy Awards for public education, the Foundation’s gala attracted more than 900 leaders from public education, business, philanthropy and the government.
From Oklahoma and sitting in this photo are Don Linsenmeyer, Patrica and Shiela Tredway from American Fidelity, and standing are my wife Katherine, me, NEA Executive Committee member Carolyn Crowder, Lori Burris-NEA Director, Becky Felts-OEA VP, Gary Tredway (AF), and Greg Johnson-NEA Director.