Congressman Lacy Clay receives honor for his support of charter public schools

U.S. Representative William Lacy Clay (D-MO) will be honored at the second annual Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Charter School Leadership awards ceremony and reception for his exemplary leadership in the charter school sector.

As Missouri’s senior Democrat in Congress, and a St. Louis native, Congressman Clay has been an advocate for high-quality charter schools since his integral role in creating Missouri’s charter school law. Congressman Clay is the Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development & Insurance, a subcommittee that fights to restore consumer protection, fair housing, and a chance at the “American Dream”. Congressman Clay is also a senior member of the Oversight and Reform Committee, a committee that has major oversight and investigative responsibilities for federal government operations.

"We applaud Congressman Clay's support for high-quality charter schools in Missouri," said Dr. Douglas Thaman, Executive Director of the Missouri Charter Public School Association. Ron C. Rice, Senior Director of Government Relations at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools added: “As congressman of one of the fastest-growing charter school cities, St. Louis, we honor Representative Clay for his commitment to the provision of quality school options for the families that need and demand them the most.”

William Lacy Clay (D-MO) will be honored alongside Tysie McDowell-Ray of Crossroads Charter Schools in Kansas City, among others.

The ceremony is open to the media and will take place on Wednesday, September 11 at the Cuba Libre restaurant in Washington, D.C. from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with the CBC Foundation’s 49th Annual Legislative Conference. The award is sponsored by the National Alliance, Diverse Charter Schools Coalition, Education Reform Now, KIPP Foundation, National Charter Collaborative, The 74, NAACP-DC chapter, Progressive Policy Institute, UNCF and Walton Family Foundation.

Public charter schools are independent, public, and tuition-free schools that are given the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Since 2010, many research studies have found that students in charter schools do better in school than their traditional school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools do a better job teaching low-income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood.

Please join us to recognize and celebrate African American leaders in public education from across the country! Media should RSVP to Shaelyn Macedonio.
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