TEA News Releases Online May 9, 2011
State award honors businesses that support employee volunteerism in public schools
AUSTIN – Texas employers who encourage and support employee participation in school activities are eligible to be nominated for the 2011 Employers for Education Excellence (EEE) Award.
Applications will be accepted in June and July for the award, which was established by the Texas Legislature in 2007. Any employer is eligible, including private businesses, nonprofit organizations, governmental and educational entities which have at least one employee and meet the criteria.
“Organizations with a strong commitment to public education deserve a special kind of recognition,” said Gail Lowe, chair of the State Board of Education. “Employers who receive this award demonstrate in a tangible way that educating our children is a responsibility that we all share. The board is grateful for all that they do for our public schools.”
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:
- Bronze: for an employer that implements a policy to encourage and support employees who attend parent-teacher conferences;
- Silver for an employer that:
- meets the requirements of bronze; and
- implements a policy to encourage and support employees who volunteer in school activities; and
- Gold for an employer that:
- meets the requirements of silver; and
- 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 form is available online.
The application can be downloaded and mailed to the address provided, or it can be filled out online and sent in via email. Instructions on how to do so are on the application form.
Applications will be accepted from June 1 through July 29. The commissioner of education or his designee 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) 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 emailed or postmarked by July 29 to:
Texas Education Agency
Employer for Education Excellence Award
1701 Congress Avenue, Room 2-180
Austin, Texas 78701
For additional information, e-mail email@example.com or call Sheila Allee in the Communications Division at 512-463-9000.
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