The National Education Association honored Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear on Thursday with this year’s America’s Greatest Education Governor Award. The annual award is given to governors who have made statewide efforts to improve public education and leaving education out of budget cuts.

“Gov. Beshear has shown unwavering support for Kentucky’s students and educators,” Dennis Van Roekel, president of NEA said in a news release. “He championed quality preschool programs—one of the best investments our country can make—as well as raising the dropout age in Kentucky to 18. And in the midst of budget cuts, he fought to preserve resources for K-12 education and the Commonwealth’s students and classrooms. He has repeatedly stood strong for Kentucky’s students and schools.”

The governor’s re-election campaign quickly sent out an announcement trumpeting the prize for Beshear, who is the fourth recipient of the NEA award.