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La Grange Patch: Congressman Mike Quigley Receives FED ED's Champion of Public Education Award

May 15, 2013
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This article originally appeared on the La Grange Patch on May 15, 2013. A copy of the article can be found here.


On May 3, FED ED held it's spring legislative luncheon at Rosewood Restaurant, Rosemont, where Congressman Mike Quigley, who represents the 5th District in Illinois, received the Champion of Public Education Award. It was presented to him by FED ED's Co-Directors Harry Rossi and Dave Peterson. FED ED is a consortium of Illinois school districts, educational organizations and corporate sponsors that represents the interests of suburban schools in our nation's capitol.  FED ED represents over 500,000 school children in over 110 member school districts and corporate sponsors.

FED ED Co-Director Harry Rossi reported, "Congressman Quigley outlined the three priorities upon which the most successful countries in the world direct their focus. They are education, infrastructure, and research. He stated that he believes strongly in the importance of education funding as his priority. This is good news for us, since Congressman Quigley sits on the House Appropriations Committee where all funding bills begin."

"This is a prestigious assignment for someone beginning only his third term. Moreover, Congressman Quigley has told us that he has submitted education budget priorities that are in line with FED ED priorities for the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Under Elementary and Secondary Education (ESEA), Title I (Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged), and other formula grants."

FED ED's Champion of Public Education Award is given to public officials who vigorously support children and their right to a quality public education. Some of the individuals who have received this award in the past include Illinois State Superintendent Chris Koch, Congresswoman Judith Biggert, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Manager of Federal Advocacy for the National Education Association, Mary Kusler, Congressman Danny Davis, Chief Legal Counsel for the U.S. Department of Education, Charlie Rose,  Senator Mark Kirk and Committee for Education Funding Executive Director Joel Packer.