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With the Death of Sen. Paul Wellstone, Education Loses a Strong Advocate. (Front and Center)

Magazine article Techniques

With the Death of Sen. Paul Wellstone, Education Loses a Strong Advocate. (Front and Center)

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ACTE and career and technical education lost a good friend when Senator Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) died in a plane crash in October. Wellstone was the recipient of the ACTE Policy Maker of the Year Award, which his wife, Sheila, accepted at the ACTE National Policy Seminar held in Washington, D.C., this past March.

Wellstone, a former teacher, served on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, where he fought to expand school funding and established a new teacher recruitment and retention program for skilled math, science and special education teachers for high-need urban and rural areas.

"The U.S. Senate--and the entire country--lost a great leader in Paul Wellstone," said a statement released by U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige. "He was a former teacher, athlete and powerful advocate who fought tirelessly for America's children, especially our disabled and disadvantaged ones. He was unwavering in his views, and served his state and his country well for more than a decade. …

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