AASA Endorses ESSA

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Earlier this week, AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech issued a statement of support for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). As the House is slated to vote on ESSA later this afternoon, Dr.Domenech and AASA President David Schuler submitted a formal letter of support

"AASA, The School Superintendents Association represents 13,000 school system leaders across the country and strongly SUPPORTS ESSA. The federal government has a critical role to play in federal education policy, and that is to support and strengthen—not dictate and prescribe to—our nation’s public schools. ESSA is a strong representation of this policy, preserving very important federal policy cornerstones such as equity, accountability, standards and assessments, but doing so in a way that empowers state and local education leaders to more effectively operate the systems for which they are responsible. 

ESSA provides our nation’s schools and the students they serve with a modernized, flexible approach to federal education policy.  We strongly support ESSA and urge swift passage in both the House and Senate." 

Full text of the letter available here.

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