America’s School Leaders To Visit Capitol Hill
School Superintendents Hold Congressional Meetings about Education’s Top Priorities
Alexandria, Va., July 10, 2013 – At a time when reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is moving forward, superintendents from across the country are meeting with members of Congress today on Capitol Hill to discuss pressing issues facing our nation’s schools.
The Congressional visits are part of AASA’s Legislative Advocacy Conference, taking place at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va.
“This conference provides an opportunity for school superintendents to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “We are grateful to these individuals who are using this event as a platform to engage in conversations with education policy leaders and decision makers about how we can improve our schools for all of our children.”
In addition to ESEA, topics to be covered during the Capitol Hill meetings include school safety, closing the achievement gap, school finance and education technology.
“There are so many moving education policy pieces in play right now, expanding the national dialogue on these important issues will translate into effective education advocacy,” said Bruce Hunter, AASA associate executive director, advocacy, policy and communications. “It’s important to have superintendents speaking with Congressional leaders as ESEA reauthorization is meaningfully in motion for the first time in 12 years. We support the House GOP bill as our members promote the merits of the legislation.”
During the conference, Domenech, AASA President Amy Sichel and President-Elect David Pennington will discuss proposed changes to the federal E-Rate program with Federal Communications Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai. Domenech was recently appointed to the board that oversees the program, a telecommunications initiative that provides discounts to schools and libraries on their telephone and web access. This meeting comes shortly after President Obama unveiled ConnectED, a plan that aims to connect 99 percent of students with high-speed Internet service within five years.
The three-day conference, which concludes tomorrow, is allowing attendees to have unparalleled access to AASA’s advocacy team, professional development and networking with peers.
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