Statement of Rep. Erik Paulsen
Before the U.S. House of Representatives
Wednesday the 23rd of September, 2009
Madam Speaker, I rise to congratulate two schools in my Congressional District – Our Lady of Grace in Edina and Thomas Jefferson Senior High School in Bloomington. They were both recently named 2009 National Blue Ribbon Schools. They were two of just 314 schools nationwide to receive this honor.
The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors elementary, middle and high schools that display superior academic achievement or demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement.
Both of these schools are carrying on a proud tradition we have in Minnesota. Our students consistently score at top in national assessment and tests, and our educational experience from birth to adulthood rates among the best in the nation.
The Blue Ribbon Schools designation is one of the highest awards a school can ever receive. I congratulate the students, the teachers, the administrators and the parents who’ve earned this honor for both Our Lady of Grace and Thomas Jefferson Senior High.