Central Valley Education Coalition Announces: Assemblymember Adam Gray named CVEC’s 2016 Legislator of the Year

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MERCED COUNTY, CA – At the annual dinner meeting of the Central Valley Education Coalition (CVEC) held in Fresno on April 28, Merced-area Assemblymember Adam Gray was named the organization’s Legislator of the Year. “I am honored to be recognized by the Central Valley Education Coalition,” said Mr. Gray. “Education is the great economic equalizer and needs to be a top priority. In partnership with local educators, I will continue fighting to ensure that our school districts can save money for a rainy day and address problems like the current teacher shortage. Together we can ensure that students in the Valley receive the best possible education.”

The Central Valley Education Coalition (CVEC) is an organization of over 120 school districts and county offices of education within Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced and Tulare Counties. Its focus is on improving the visibility of the Central Valley with policymakers in Sacramento and implementing strategic policy changes, which will provide the financial and programmatic tools needed to meet the needs of its diverse student population.

Merced County Superintendent of Schools Steven E. Gomes, Ed.D. presented Assemblyman Gray with the award, saying, “Adam Gray never hesitates to champion the issues important to his district and the San Joaquin Valley. His willingness to reach across the aisle and to negotiate compromises to everyone’s benefit makes him the kind of legislator the citizens of this state and country want representing them at all levels of government. Adam’s support for schools is stalwart and he is very deserving of this prestigious recognition and it only serves as a token of the great work he has done. I look forward to continuing to work with Adam to make the Central Valley and California a better place for all who live here.”

CVEC, which is chaired by Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak, represents over 400,000 K-12 students in the heart of the Central San Joaquin Valley. Dr. Jeffrey Frost, founding partner of Frost, Davis & Donnelly, serves as the organization’s legislative advocate in Sacramento. Dr. Frost stated, “Assemblymember Adam Gray is tremendously deserving of this award. The Assemblyman has been a true leader in galvanizing support for the reform of the budget reserve cap among his colleagues in the Assembly and his work will be instrumental in our efforts to fix the reserve cap problem. Additionally, his receptiveness to the education issues of the Central Valley – home-to-school transportation, improvements in LCFF base funding and greater support for English language learners – has really helped to educate other legislators in the Assembly and has improved our communications with policy makers.”

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