Titus Introduces the Recognizing Achievement in Classified School Employees Act (RACSE)

Apr 30, 2013
Press Release

April 30, 2013

Las Vegas, NV - Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada’s First District announced today that she has introduced the Recognizing Achievement in Classified School Employees Act (H.R. 1763). This bipartisan legislation highlights the contributions of classified school employees in supporting the education of public school students and pays tribute to their work by establishing a National Classified School Employees of the Year Award.

Classified school employees are the bus drivers, secretaries, school nurses, and other support staff who keep schools running to help students learn and enable teachers to teach.  Their services vary widely, from establishing and promoting a high-quality instructional environment as paraeducators and library aides to providing other essential services such as transportation, skilled maintenance, food and support services, and health care.  The Recognizing Achievement in Classified School Employees (RACSE) Act proposes the nomination of nine classified school employees of the year for the Secretary of Education’s approval.  One award winner will be chosen from each 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.
“Classified school employees work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the success of America’s students and public schools;” Titus said, “yet too often their contributions go unrecognized. They help teachers teach and students learn. They are on the front lines every day but often remain in the shadows. That is why I am proud to introduce a bill that would officially recognize their contribution to helping students meet the highest educational standards."