AASA Issues Statement in Reaction to Assault on U.S. Capitol

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – January 7, 2021 – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement in response to Wednesday’s violent protest at the U.S. Capitol.
 
“Yesterday, families across America watched in horror the images that flashed across their television screens generated by the assault on one of our nation’s most hallowed grounds. 
 
“The herculean efforts being done by school district administrators, building leaders, teachers and parents to educate our young learners regarding what’s right and what’s wrong was indirectly challenged following the senseless act of vandalism at the Capitol building. 
 
“With the holiday season in our rearview mirrors and the new year just a week old, the question before our school system leaders is ‘How do we move forward while at the same time, grapple with the ongoing public health crisis?’ 
 
“Despite the ugliness we saw in Washington, D.C., I am confident our members will continue to stand tall as they redesign and redefine quality public education in their respective communities and as they work to mold the lives of the more than 50 million students they serve. High in their priority will be ensuring the safety of students and staff as schools are reopened and students return to in-person instruction. We look forward to working with Secretary of Education nominee Cardona to realize President-elect Biden’s goal to have that happen during his first 100 days.”
 
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About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.