NEA names Beshear this year’s ‘Greatest Education Governor’

June 30, 2011 | | Comments 7

Gov. Steve BeshearThe National Education Association named Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday this year’s recipient of its America’s Greatest Education Governor Award.

Soon after Beshear’s office distributed a release about the announcement, his re-election campaign sent out emails noting the award and seeking campaign contributions.

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel said in a statement that Beshear has “fought to preserve resources” for the state’s students and classrooms in the midst of budget cuts.

He also said Kentucky has moved into the Top 20 in the United States in fourth-grade and eight-grade reading scores during Beshear’s term and that he has signed legislation to make it easier for higher education students to transfer credits from a community or technical college to any of Kentucky’s four-year universities.

Beshear, a Democrat, said he is “very pleased our efforts are being honored.”

NEA officials are to present the award to Beshear on Sunday before nearly 9,000 educators at the NEA’s Representative Assembly in Chicago.

Beshear is the fouth recipient of the NEA award.

He will face Republican David Williams, president of the state Senate, in November’s general election. Lexington attorney Gatewood Galbraith is trying to get on the November ballot as an independent candidate.

–Jack Brammer

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  1. RIchard says:

    Humm I wonder if this is because it is an election year and the NEA is helping out a buddy democrat? The NEA is a joke anyway.

    Teachers- those who can- DO
    those who can’t teach.

  2. Old Marine says:

    Before the people of KY get excited about the NEA and its “award”. They might want to read about the Socialist/Progressive goals they have for America.
    Check out

    Semper Fi

  3. Sandy Ross says:

    I wouldn’t give a wooden nickel for the NEA, KEA, or Steve Beshear,

  4. Bull Doodie Award says:

    This is the most transparent award ever given. It is so rife with Politics. It is so obvious. How can a Kentucky Governor who has done nothing get this award? My kids schools have not improved and all they talk about is raising property taxes.

    Louisville has some of the worst skools in Ky all the while being one of the richest counties. How is this possible with a union/teacher supported democratic governor.

    I guarantee if there were other Democratic Governors running for reelection in a tight race, Steve Beshear would not have received this award

  5. Robert says:

    There is very little correlation between the NEA and the teachers who are actually making a difference in children’s lives.

    Ask a good teacher how they feel about KEA and NEA.

    Also, I believe Beshear is the only democratic governor up for re-election this year, so the NEA was pretty safe giving it to him to help his campaign.

    He is going to need more than the NEA and a bogus award.

  6. Joy says:

    As a teacher and well informed I am very proud of the award for Govenor Beshear.We must remain knowledgeable about the issues that the workers of America will face in the fall election. Those who can’t make money. Those who can, teach the future of our country.

  7. Sam Freeman says:

    They did done learned him real good.