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Kruse Receives 2018 Central States Simon Award

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2018) – State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) was recently named as one of the recipients of the 2018 Central States Simon Award.

This award is given to an individual from outside the language teaching profession who has demonstrated leadership in the promotion of language exemplifying Senator Paul Simon’s dedication to and enthusiasm for the areas of language and international studies.

Kruse was recognized for this award for his continuous efforts to introduce legislation that strives to better education for Hoosier students.

“I’m honored to have been selected for this award,” Kruse said. “Learning a foreign language is critical in today’s world and we want to continue to improve foreign language access for students in Indiana.”

This award will be presented at the annual Central States Conference Awards Ceremony Friday, March 9, in Milwaukee.

The Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages aims to promote the study of world languages on all levels of instruction, and consists of roughly 250 workshops and sessions presented by world language teachers at all levels of instruction.

This award is one of three Kruse has received in the past year. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools selected Kruse as one of the top 10 Charter Public School Champions in 2016. Additionally, the National Afterschool Association nominated Kruse as one of their top 40 Advocates of Afterschool and Out-of-School Time Programs in America.


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