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Braley congratulates Blue Ribbon Schools

DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Rep. Bruce Braley congratulated Earlville Elementary and Resurrection Elementary in Dubuque at school assemblies Monday. Braley presented each school with the 2009 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Award.  The award recognizes schools who's programs, faculty, staff and students demonstrate outstanding growth and achievement.

"These two elementary schools have demonstrated outstanding academic accomplishments throughout the past year. Thanks to an exceptional teaching staff and a supportive community, these students are held to high standards of personal excellence and civic responsibility. I'm proud to honor each of these schools with such high recognition," said Braley in a press release to KWWL.

464 schools can be nominated for the award.  The selection is based on the number of students and the number of schools in the state. The Chief State School Officer (CSSO) nominates public schools.  While the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) submits private schools' nominations. Then schools are invited by the Secretary of Education to submit an application for possible recognition as a Blue Ribbon School.

This year, 314 schools were honored, 264 public and 50 private. Elementary and Resurrection Elementary will be recognized at an awards ceremony on November 3 in Washington D.C. 

Online reporter: Lauren Squires
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