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May 18, 2018
HARRISBURG – Rep. Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks) was recently recognized by the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) as the most recent recipient of the Adler Friend of Education award.
“It is an honor to receive an award like this from an organization that has been a voice of advocacy for teachers and students throughout Pennsylvania for more than 150 years,” said O’Neill.
PSEA’s top honor, the Adler Award, is presented to individuals who have made outstanding statewide contributions to public education.
A selection committee made up of PSEA members chose O’Neill for the award because of his work in driving several significant pieces of education legislation into law, including measures to set statewide standards for business, computer and information technology courses; develop a new formula for funding special education; and create the Basic Education Funding Commission, which was tasked with creating a new and more equitable funding formula for distribution to Pennsylvania’s public school districts.
The award was presented during PSEA’s annual Celebrating Excellence dinner on May 10 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown.
“There is no doubt that Bernie O’Neill is a good friend of public education and a great friend of PSEA,” PSEA President Dolores McCracken said. “He is someone we can always count on to put the needs of our schools and students first. And he absolutely respects the incredible work that PSEA members do in Pennsylvania’s public schools every day. He deserves this award, and it is a privilege to recognize him for the great work he does.”
As part of the award honors, PSEA made a donation directly to the education organization of O’Neill’s choice — Centennial Education Foundation. The foundation is a nonprofit that supports programs that benefit students in the Centennial School District.
Prior to elected office, O’Neill taught special education at William Tennent High School in Centennial School District for more than 25 years.