National award program for classified employees becomes law

The achievements of classified employees deserve to be recognized at the national level, which is why UCSE coalition partners have been asking Congress to approve a national classified award program for several years.

Finally, a new federal law passed on April 12 that will designate an official national award for classified school employees. H.R. 276, The Recognizing Achievement in Classified School Employees Act creates an award program to highlight the outstanding contributions of classified employees. The members represented by UCSE partners deserve this honor and have earned the respect that comes with it.”

Under the Recognizing Achievement in Classified School Employees Act, the Secretary of Education will select outstanding school employees from one of the following classified staff categories: paraprofessionals, clerical services, custodial and maintenance services, transportation services, food services, skilled trades, health and student services, security services, and technical services. Similar to the National Teacher of the Year Award program, governors from each state will work with educators, associations and other stakeholders in identifying nominees.

“Classified school employees work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the success of our students and schools. Yet, too often their contributions go unrecognized. This award will honor the dedicated employees who devote time and effort to help students become the best versions of themselves,” said Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada, who sponsored the bill.