TEA News Releases Online
May 11, 2009
Award to honor businesses that encourage employees
to volunteer in Texas public schools
Applications for the 2009 Employers For Education Excellence (EEE) Award, which honors employers who encourage and support employee participation in school activities, will be accepted in June and July.
Any employer in the state of Texas is eligible to apply for the awards program, created by the Texas Legislature in 2007. In addition to private businesses, also eligible to apply are nonprofit organizations, state and governmental entities, and educational entities which have at least one employee and meet the criteria.
“Parents and volunteers have a big impact on the success of school children,” said Robert Scott, commissioner of education. “This recognition is one small way to say thank you to companies and organizations that encourage employees to make such an important contribution to student achievement.”
Employers will be eligible to receive an award at one of three levels: bronze, silver, or gold. Eligibility is based on the business meeting the following criteria for one of the three levels:
(1) Bronze: for an employer that implements a policy to encourage and support employees who attend parent-teacher conferences;
(2) Silver for an employer that:
(a) meets the requirements of bronze; and
(b) implements a policy to encourage and support employees who volunteer in school activities; and
(3) Gold for an employer that:
(a) meets the requirements of silver; and
(b) implements a policy to encourage and support employees who participate in student mentoring programs in schools.
The program requires a business to submit an application to the Texas Education Agency. The application forms are available at this web address: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/comm/pdfs/EEE_FY09_App_form.pdf (Application is no longer available). You can either download the application and mail it in to the address provided on the application or you can fill it out online and send it in via email. Instructions on how to do so are on the application form.
Applications will be accepted from June 1 through July 31. The commissioner of education will review the applications and make recommendations to the SBOE regarding businesses that should receive an award and the level of recognition. The SBOE may approve or modify the commissioner’s recommendation.
The SBOE will honor the recipient(s) of an Employers for Education Excellence Award by presenting the recipient(s) with an award that includes the level of recognition and other appropriate information.
The awards will be valid for three years. At the end of three years, a business may reapply for the same level of recognition, or for a higher level if they meet the criteria.
The complete application must be submitted by July 31 to:
Texas Education Agency
Employer for Education Excellence Award
1701 Congress Avenue, Room 2-180
Austin, Texas 78701
For additional information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Communications Division at 512-463-9000.
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