State Senator Pat Browne (Lehigh Co.) will be presented with the William Howard Day Award from the Pennsylvania Public Education Foundation (PaPEF). This award seeks to recognize outstanding contributions from individuals, groups or organizations to public education across the commonwealth. This is the second year the award has been given. Last year’s recipient was State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.
The PaPEF board of directors selected Sen. Browne because of his commitment to the children of Pennsylvania through his chairmanship of the Early Childhood Education Caucus, the PA Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction Advisory Committee as well as his chairmanship of the Basic Education Funding and Special Education Funding Commissions.
Sen. Browne’s commitment “steered us toward more fair and equitable education funding for our students,” the PaPEF board of directors said. “Your years of tireless work introducing and developing policy that supports students across the state are worth celebrating.”
The award is named in honor of the first African-American school board president in the United States. Day served the Harrisburg City School Board for six terms starting in 1878, and was a member of the Pennsylvania State Directors’ Association, the predecessor of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA).
As part of the award, PaPEF donates $5,000 in the recipient’s name to a public school district education foundation of the person’s choice. Sen. Browne has selected the Allentown School District Foundation and requested the money be used as a matching funds challenge. The Allentown Rotary Club Foundation and Capital BlueCross matched the funds thereby doubling the impact to the Allentown area.
Sen. Browne will be presented the award at the Excellence in Public Education Leadership and Awards Dinner during the PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center.
The Pennsylvania Public Education Foundation (PPEF) is a nonprofit 501c3 established to promote excellence in public education. By providing grant and scholarship opportunities to Pennsylvania public school students and leaders, we strive to pave the way for new opportunities and innovations that lead to the ongoing success of school districts across the state.
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