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NEA President Reg Weaver Receives EPI's 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award

SAN DIEGO, CA —May 29, 2008 —The Educational Policy Institute (EPI), a non-profiteducational research organization, presented its 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award to Reginald “Reg” Weaver,president of the National Education Association. The presentation was made in San Diego at EPI's Retention 2008 conference. The EPILifetime Achievement Award is presented annually at the International Conference on Student Retention to an individual who has made a difference in the lives of students through their work.


Mr. Weaver is currently serving his second and final term as president of the NEA, the nation’s largest teacher’s union that serves over 3.2 million teachers. In his role, he has been heard as a strong critic of the No Child Left Behind Act and its implications on classrooms and schools across the nation. As a former special education teacher, Mr. Weaver has consistently demonstrated strong support for educational issues and is a consistent advocate for public schools in the national and international arenas.


In addition to his service at the NEA, Mr. Weaver also serves as vice president of Education International, an organization serving over 29 million teachers and education workers throughout 169 countries. He serves on the executive board of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and on the board of governors for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. He is a member of the board of directors of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Mr. Weaver has previously served on the Illinois State Board of Education’s Blue Ribbon Committee on the Improvement of Teaching as a Profession, the Illinois Commission for the Improvement of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Illinois Project for School Reform Advisory Council, and the Task Force on At-Risk Youth.


”Reg Weaver serves as a reminder that we must work hard to ensure that all students receive a quality public education,” says Dr. Watson Scott Swail, president of the Educational Policy Institute. “He continues to keep his focus on issues that disproportionally impact our least prepared and least served students—those with the quietest voice in the public arena. He is a most deserving recipient of our 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award.”


Mr. Weaver earned his Bachelor of Science degree in special education for the physically challenged from Illinois State University and a master’s degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago.


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