Board of Education earns Friend of Education Award from MNEA

2013 Friends of Education Confirming what we all knew anyway, the Metropolitan Nashville Education Association (MNEA) has named our school board a "Friend of Education."

Among a flurry of awards and recognitions given to students and educators last week, MNEA gave our Board of Education the Friend of Education Award for having "the courage to make the hard decisions necessary to ensure success for all students."

While some of those decisions have made the headlines during this past year, they have a body of work that boldly states to all concerned that they take seriously the trust that they’ve been given and that they will not be bullied into decisions that will negatively impact our students... Nashville’s teachers thank the MNPS Board for their unwavering courage and resolve.

The award is given every year to a deserving organization and an individual "whose leadership has contributed significantly to the improvement of public education in Nashville."

This year's individual winner is Sally Levine, board member at the thriving and vital Homework Hotline.

You would be hard pressed to not find Sally’s fingerprint on the organizations that are the heart and soul of Nashville,” said Stephen Henry, MNEA President.  “As a board member of Homework Hotline, she has been the driving force for the new Reading Initiative currently in place in five of Nashville’s elementary schools.  Because of her work, 3rd graders who were reading significantly below grade level are now experiencing success at grade level.

Other awards and scholarships were given last week at the MNEA's National Teacher Day Banquet. Read the full MNEA release to see full details and a list of other winners.