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MSN - April 26, 2019

When the 2019 National Teacher of the Year award is handed out on Monday President Trump will not be doing the honors.

“It is our understanding that the President will not be in attendance and that Secretary DeVos will present the award,” Nancy Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the Council of Chief State School Officers which administers the award, said.

It has been a presidental tradition since President Harry Truman handed out the award after it was developed in 1952.

Trump said so himself when he handed out the award in 2018 to Mandy Manning in the East Room of the White House.

Manning, who teaches English to refugee and immigrant students in Spokane, Wash. used the opportunity to hand the president a stack of letters from some of her students. On her dress, she wore buttons that promoted Trans Equality, the Women’s March and a rainbow colored apple.

The honor this year goes to Rodney Robinson who teaches social studies inside the Richmond, Virginia Juvenile Justice Center.

“This year I hope to be the voice for my students and all students who feel unseen, unheard, unappreciated and undervalued in America,” Robinson said in a statement.

The National Teacher spends a year away from his or her teaching duties to serve as a spokesman and advocate for the teaching profession.

The itinerary for April 28 through May event, called Washington Week, shows the award ceremony being held at the Eisenhower Building, 1650 Pennsylvania Avenue on Monday.

Paul Ferrari, the senior program director with the National Teacher of the Year Program, said CCSSO works with the White House to coordinate a recognition event.

“It is up to each administration to decide how to recognize the teachers, and it has varied throughout the 67-year history of the program in location and who has delivered the recognition to the National Teacher,” Ferrari said. ...
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