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SIIA to Honor Two Distinguished Leaders During Education Business Forum

Lifelong advocates for education in policy recognized for achievements with the Friend of the Industry Award

WASHINGTON, DC (Dec. 8, 2016) – The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) will honor members of the ed tech community who show outstanding commitment to K-12 and higher education with the annual Friend of the Industry Award. The awards will be presented during the Education Business Forum in New York on Dec. 8-9. This year, ETIN is delighted to announce the two recipients of the Friend of the Industry Award - Jerome K. Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science and Technology of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas; and Senator Angus King, Maine’s first Independent United States Senator. Both were selected for their contributions to advancing pedagogy and technology. The Friend of the Industry Award was originally associated with the Education Industry Association (EIA). Since 1990, EIA has worked to expand business opportunities for education entrepreneurs of all sizes in preK-12 markets. Earlier this year, ETIN and EIA consolidated in a partnership to help forge a more powerful education trade association. ETIN is proud to present EIA’s signature award along with its Education Lifetime Achievement and Ed Tech Impact awards. About Minister Fitzgerald Minister Fitzgerald chairs the Organization of American States' Inter-American Council on Education where he works with governments throughout the American hemisphere to craft a vision for education. Before his appointment as Minister of Education, Science and Technology on 10th May, 2012 he began his career as an attorney-at-law. Since assuming his ministerial post, Fitzgerald states that he has been “driven to make education more relevant to students and the country’s national interest.” The Minister along with senior education officials have travelled to Finland, Ontario, Canada, Singapore New Zealand and Australia for the purpose of observing global best practices. He hopes to improve the Bahamian model of education by benchmarking its system against the top education systems in the world. For more information about Minister Fitzgerald, visit: About Senator King In January 2013, Angus King was sworn in as Maine’s first Independent United States Senator. He is a member of the Armed Services Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the Committee on the Budget and the Committee on Rules and Administration. In 2013, when students across America faced the financial threat of a significant increase in their student loan interest rates, Senator King spearheaded the effort to draft and pass through both the Senate and House a compromise legislation that not only averted rate hikes, but also put the program on long-term stable financial footing. That hard-fought bipartisan solution, the Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013, has since been projected to save millions of students across the country more than $50 billion in interest payments. From 1995 until 2003 Senator King served as the 72nd Governor of Maine. During his two terms, he focused on economic development and job creation. During his tenure, Governor King achieved significant reforms in education, including the deployment of the first statewide 1:1 computing initiative for public school students and teachers. He was re-elected in 1998 by one of the largest margins in Maine’s history. For more information on Senator King, visit: About ETIN ETIN (the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA) is the leading voice for 200+ companies that provide software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PK-20 sector. ETIN drives growth and innovation within the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, government relations and critical ed tech market information. SIIA is an umbrella association representing 800+ technology, data and media companies globally. For more information, visit #### SIIA Communications Contact: Allison Bostrom, 202-289-7442, PR Contact: Lauren Reid, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300,

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