AASA Joins 9 National Organizations Urging Congress to Complete ESEA

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Earlier today, AASA joined forces with nine other national education organizations to urge Congress to work quickly to complete the ESEA conference process, bringing ESEA reauthorization to a close and providing the nation's schools and the students they serve an updated, current ESEA.

You'll recall that these same ten groups--American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, The School Superintendents Association, National Association of Secondary School Principals, Council of Chief State School Officers, Association of School Business Officials International, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National School Boards Association, National Parent Teacher Association and National Association of State Boards of Education--joined forces last month in a press conference urging Congress (both the House and Senate) to #PutKidsFirst and move their respective bills for a final vote. Both chambers did so within the last two weeks, and today's letter is a similar type of pressure and message for the next step: conference. In 'conference', the House and Senate conferees have to work together to reconcile differences between the two bills.

The unified message is simple and clear: "...Educators and parents cannot wait for a reauthorized ESEA. This bill is long overdue, and we do not have a moment to waste. We are now closer than we have been in the last 8 years to producing a new law as both Houses of Congress have passed ESEA reauthorization proposals. However, as you are well aware, there is still more work to be done before we reach our goal. To this end, we strongly urge you to build on the momentum generated this month around ESEA reauthorization by proceeding to conference as soon as possible."

You can read the full letter here.


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