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Horace Mann League Honors Public Schooling Advocates, AASA Editor

The Horace Mann League will honor the directors of two pro-public education advocacy organizations and a longtime publication editor at AASA with the organization’s annual recognition awards on Friday, Feb. 16, in Nashville, Tenn.

The league itself is among of the nation’s longest-running public education advocacy groups. It uses the AASA national conference each winter to stage its annual mid-winter gathering.

Here’s a rundown of the Horace Mann League’s recognition honors for 2018.

Outstanding Friend of Public Education. Recipient: Carol Burris. She is executive director of the Network for Public Education. A former high school principal on Long Island, she was honored in 2010 by the School Administrators Association of New York State as the Outstanding Educator of the Year. Burris earned a doctorate at Teacher College. She has written for Kappan, the American Educational Research Association Journal and School Administrator magazine.

Outstanding Public Educator Award. Recipients: Kevin G. Welner and Bill Mathis. Welner is codirector of the National Education Policy Center and a professor at University of Colorado specializing in policy and law. He has written or edited 10 works and more than 100 journal articles. Mathis, a former superintendent in Rutland, Vt., is co-director of NEPC. He is widely published on the federal legislative impact on public education.

Outstanding Friend of the League. Recipient: Jay P. Goldman. He is the nearly three-decade editor of School Administrator, AASA’s monthly magazine. He has worked as an adjunct professor at the Merrill College of Journalism at University of Maryland since 1989 and was the first teacher of a minority journalist training program run by the Syracuse, N.Y., Herald-Journal, where he was the education reporter.

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