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TCTA Friend of Education Award Information

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TCTA's Friend of Education Award honors public officials and private citizens for their support of and contributions to public education.

The 2021-22 award will honor a public official. The 2022-23 award will honor a private citizen.


To honor a state official or legislator who has made a significant contribution to public education in Texas.


Must be an elected or appointed official at the state level in Texas; this includes state legislators and other statewide officials. (Locally elected officials such as judges, county commissioners, etc. may be eligible for the private citizen category.)


This award may be bestowed upon an elected or appointed official who, through leadership, actions and support at the state level, has proven to be a true friend of education, educators and students. The Legislation Committee will consider the following in selecting the award winner: length of time in appointed or elected office; history of specific accomplishments benefiting public education; position of leadership in state government; interaction with TCTA members and staff; and other criteria as appropriate.

Nomination Procedures

  • Each CTA may submit one nominee in this category.
  • Nomination materials addressing “Criteria” requirements cannot be written by the nominee.
  • Nominations may be submitted to TCTA headquarters using the online nomination form below. Submitted materials will not be returned.
  • Nomination must be RECEIVED by May 1, 2022.
  • Nomination form must be submitted by the CTA president, or a member-at-large in districts in which there is no TCTA local affiliate.

Selection Process

Nominations are evaluated and the winner selected by members of the TCTA Executive Board.

Award Presentation

Friend of Education winners receive an engraved award and will be recognized in TCTA statewide publications and on the TCTA website. Awards will be presented in a local ceremony.

Fill out and submit the form below to nominate a TCTA member for 2021-22 Friend of Education.

TCTA Friend of Education | Public Official Nomination Form

Nominee Information

Essay Question

Please provide the reasons for the nomination and the nominee's qualifications. (Supporting documentation may be used to substantiate.) Video/audio media (CDs, DVDs, PowerPoint presentations, etc.) should be limited to no more than 15 minutes of total viewing time. Printed material in addition to the nomination form should not exceed five pages. Send all such materials to TCTA Awards Program, PO Box 1489, Austin, TX 78767 or email