Senator Michael Bennet to Be Recognized as a Teach For America Congressional Champion

Bennet Honored for Efforts to Increase Educational Equity for Students


Denver, February 3, 2016—This week, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) will be recognized as a Teach For America Congressional Champion for his continued efforts to expand educational opportunities for students in Colorado and across the nation. Bennet is one of 12 members of Congress to be honored by Teach For America CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard and founder Wendy Kopp in this way.  

“Our Congressional champions have played an instrumental role in growing Teach For America’s impact in our first 25 years. Their support for critical funding and key policy provisions  has helped expand educational opportunity for children growing up in poverty across the country and inspired thousands of individuals to join the fight for educational equity and excellence,” said Teach For America CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard. “I am thankful for leaders like Senator Bennet who are committed to ensuring that all children in this nation have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.”

Bennet was selected for his unwavering support of Teach For America in Colorado and Washington, D.C.  Specifically, Senator Bennet is being recognized for his efforts in championing quality alternative certification programs, competitive grants such as SEED that enable excellent teacher training and support, and AmeriCorps funding to support those willing to dedicate themselves to serving our most vulnerable populations.

“Teaching in a high poverty school is the hardest job, yet each day hundreds of Teach for America corps members in Colorado and thousands across the country work tireless hours to help ensure all our kids have access to a great education. They inspire their students to succeed and fight for them to have greater opportunities in life,” Bennet said.  “Congratulations to Teach for America as it commemorates a milestone anniversary.”

Teach For America has been a community partner in Colorado since 2007. This year, as Teach For America celebrates its 25th anniversary nationally, 200 corps members in Colorado reach 35,000 local students. Twelve hundred alumni call Colorado home and work from all sectors to expand opportunity for children growing up in low-income communities.  Teach For America-Colorado is proud to be in its ninth year of impact in the state with an evolving approach to ensuring that one day, all children here will have access to a great education.

2016 Congressional Champions

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)

Rep. Susan W. Brooks (R-IN)

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK)

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)

Sen. William Cassidy (R-LA)

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)

Chairman John Kline (R-MN)

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Rep.  Bobby  Scott (D-VA))

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)

About Teach For America
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today, 8,600 corps members are teaching in 52 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 42,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.