[Congressional Record Volume 148, Number 29 (Thursday, March 14, 2002)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E366]
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                         UNION CITY, CALIFORNIA


                        HON. FORTNEY PETE STARK

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                        Thursday, March 14, 2002

  Mr. STARK. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize California State 
Superintendent of Public Instruction, Delaine Eastin, on the dedication 
of the Delaine Eastin Elementary School in Union City, California.
  Delaine Eastin once stated, ``I'll never stop fighting for children 
and education, it's my life's work.'' As a strong defender of top-
quality education in California, Delaine Eastin has proven immeasurably 
successful at this admirable goal.
  As State Superintendent, Delaine Eastin has fought for safer and 
healthier schools, modern facilities, cutting-edge technology, family-
school partnerships, teacher training and professional development, 
tighter graduation requirements, and increased resources for schools.
  She is a dedicated advocate for reduced class sizes, improved reading 
and mathematics instruction, and the implementation of statewide 
standards, assessment, and increased accountability for what students 
should accomplish. She has tirelessly advocated for improved library 
facilities, strong arts programs, and librarians, counselors, and 
nurses in all California schools.
  Delaine Eastin is currently serving her second term as State 
Superintendent. Prior to this position, she served as an educator, a 
Union City city councilwoman, and a four-term State Assemblywoman for 
Southern Alameda County. She was chair of the Assembly Committee on 
Education, where she voiced early support for the charter school 
concept and for strengthened technical and vocational training.
  Delaine Eastin is the recipient of many distinguished awards and 
recognitions, notably the President's Crystal Apple Award from the 
American Library Association, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the 
University of California, Santa Barbara, the Woman of Achievement Award 
from the Women's Fund, and the Leader Award from California Leadership. 
In addition to the Delaine Eastin Elementary School, a day care center 
also carries her name.
  I am honored to congratulate Delaine Eastin on all of her remarkable 
accomplishments. Her tireless dedication to improving education in 
California has assured every child in the state the opportunity for a 
bright and successful future.