04132019 ManarIEAaward

State Senator Andy Manar was honored with the Illinois Education Association’s Friend of Education award for his commitment to public schools in Illinois.

"I am humbled to receive this award from the IEA," Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, said. "It is my honor as a state senator to advocate every day for the things that matter to public education – fair school funding, eliminating the teacher shortage, boosting student success and drawing positive attention to educators who deserve respect and appreciation for the work they do. Thank you to the IEA for being a partner in those efforts."

Manar was nominated for the award by IEA member Karen Gall who teaches in Mount Olive, which is in the Senate district that Manar represents in Springfield. Gall presented Manar with the award at the IEA’s Representative Assembly in Rosemont on April 13. The RA is the IEA’s largest gathering and is also the governing body of the IEA. There are 1,200 IEA delegates, guests and state dignitaries who attend the . 

"Senator Manar is a champion of public education and a tireless advocate for our students and schools,” IEA President Kathi Griffin said. “He is out in our communities listening to our educators and making sure their voices are heard at the Statehouse in Springfield. Because of his commitment to providing more for our students and schools, the Illinois legislature passed historic school funding reform. Senator Manar continues to fight for legislation that will fix the teacher shortage crisis and will help ensure that every child has access to a high-quality public education no matter where they live.”

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