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For Immediate Release:
June 10, 2009

Cable's Leaders in Learning Awards
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Sen. Olympia Snowe and Rep. James E. Clyburn Honored
with Cable's Leaders in Learning Policymaker Award

Education Leaders from Around the Country Also Honored by Cable


Photos Available: http://www.leadersinlearningawards.org/theevent.html

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-SC) were honored today for their outstanding leadership in education with a Cable's Leaders in Learning Policymaker Award during the annual Leaders in Learning Awards ceremony. Cable in the Classroom, the cable industry's national education foundation, administers the annual awards program in order to recognize outstanding educators, administrators, policymakers and other community leaders at the forefront of innovation in education.

During her three decades in government, Sen. Snowe has been a passionate supporter for improving education in Maine and throughout the country. Sen. Snowe was one of the main authors of the E-Rate, a program instrumental in helping schools and libraries connect to the Internet. She recently co-authored and introduced the 21st Century Skills Incentive Fund Act, legislation that proposes competitive grants to states willing to invest in education reform.

A dedicated civil-rights activist, Rep. Clyburn - who is also a former history teacher - has consistently sought to improve educational opportunities for the nation's children. In Congress, he has led the passage of landmark education legislation, including the College Cost Reduction Act, the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act, and the Green School Modernization Act. In Rep. Clyburn's home state, the James E. Clyburn Research and Scholarship Foundation has awarded scholarships to over 450 high school graduates and college students.

"For 20 years, Cable in the Classroom has encouraged educators, policymakers and community leaders to use technology as a tool for learning, allowing students to grow and develop as citizens prepared to compete and thrive in the global economy," said Kyle McSlarrow, President & CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), which manages Cable in the Classroom. "Senator Snowe and Representative Clyburn are true leaders in advocating for the best educational opportunities for our nation's young people."

In addition to Sen. Snowe and Rep. Clyburn, 11 education leaders from around the country also received Leaders in Learning Awards during the Wednesday afternoon ceremony. Alton Brown, Food Network chef and author, joined the honorees as the master of ceremonies. Winners were chosen from 47 finalists and more than 120 applicants from across the country.

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Cable's Leaders in Learning Awards - founded by Cable in the Classroom, the cable industry's national education foundation - honors individuals for their leadership in education. Eleven honorees across four award categories were selected from applications submitted from around the country. Policymakers are also recognized for their service to education. Awards are open to any individual responsible for educating America's youth, from classroom teachers, to community volunteers, to elected officials at all levels of government. More information is available at www.leadersinlearningawards.org.