Alexander Receives Franklin Award During National Conference on Citizenship

Announces Citizenship Bill to be Introduced Later This Week

Posted on September 19, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today received the Franklin Award for Public Service from the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) during its annual conference in Washington. The Franklin Award is given to public officials who have made outstanding efforts to promote citizenship in the United States. Alexander was chosen as a recipient due to his authorship of the American History and Civics Education Act and his dedication to public service. “I’m honored to receive this award from an organization whose mission is the rebuilding of civic institutions by engaging our citizens,” said Alexander, who said he will continue to work on ensuring our children grow up learning what it means to be an American. “We’re beginning to make progress in reaching out to our children so they understand what this country is all about,” Alexander said. “But there is another group we must also reach: new Americans. To that end, this week I will be introducing The Strengthening American Citizenship Act, legislation to help legal immigrants who are prospective citizens learn our common language, history, and way of government. The Act will: -Help prospective citizens learn English; -Help prospective citizens learn more about American history and government; -Codify the Oath of Allegiance, and; -Celebrate new citizens. In 2003 Alexander passed legislation to establish summer residential academies – Presidential Academies for Teachers and Congressional Academies for Students of American History and Civics – to help teachers and students learn more about these important subjects. He is currently working to provide improved testing for American history to determine where history is being taught well and where it is not. The National Conference on Citizenship is a federally charted non-profit organization founded in 1946 whose mission is to encourage a more active, engaged citizenry.