Posted on September 17, 2003
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced that Michigan Avenue Elementary School in Cleveland, Tennessee, has been awarded the prestigious No Child Left Behind — Blue Ribbon School Award by the Department of Education. The award will be presented to 215 elementary and secondary schools nationwide honoring their academic achievements at a national ceremony in Washington this October. "I applaud the efforts of Michigan Avenue Elementary School for improving the quality of education for our children," said Frist. "Holding schools accountable for student performance is critical to the future of education, and this elementary school is proof that these ideals, as outlined in No Child Left Behind, really work. This prestigious award truly recognizes the hard work and the results teachers, administrators and educators have made in Tennessee." "Congratulations to Michigan Elementary School for being the first Blue Ribbon School in Tennessee this year," said Alexander. "This is recognition of our teachers, parents and students. I applaud their efforts and encourage schools across the state and nation to keep up the hard work." The No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools Award is given to public and private K-12 schools that are either academically superior in their state or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement. Michigan Avenue Elementary School is the first Tennessee school this year to receive the blue ribbon distinction. In determining recipients for the award, the program requires schools to meet either of two assessment criteria: It recognizes schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that dramatically improve student performance in accordance with state assessment systems; and it rewards schools that score in the top 10 percent on state assessments. Both Frist and Alexander are members of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which carefully evaluates education legislation that moves through the Senate.