Receives Outstanding Public Service Award
The Council for Exceptional Children honored Congressman Mike Castle, the Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, with their 2010 Outstanding Public Service Award for his work on behalf of children and youth with disabilities. Several Delawareans attended the award presentation.
"Providing equity and support for students with disabilities has been one of my top priorities throughout my time in public office, and I am honored by the Council for Exceptional Children's decision to award me with their Outstanding Public Service Award for 2010," said Rep. Castle. "I commend the Council for Exceptional Children for their work on behalf of students with disabilities and look forward to working with them and others in the advocacy community, parents and educators in Delaware, and my colleagues in the House of Representatives to ensure students with disabilities receive the same high-quality education as their peers."
The Council for Exceptional Children is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational success of individuals with disabilities. The Council promotes policies, provides professional development, and advocates for individuals with exceptionalities.
Rep. Castle is a national and local education advocate. As Lieutenant Governor of Delaware, Rep. Castle helped establish an education task force to examine the education needs of the State. In Congress, as a senior Member of the House Education and Labor Committee and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, Rep. Castle authored the 2004 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the main federal program concerning the education of children with disabilities and is a current cosponsor of the Everyone Deserves Unconditional Access to Education (EDUCATE) Act to provide full federal funding of IDEA. Rep. Castle also helped write the 2001 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and is working with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to revise and update ESEA this year.