AASA Executive Director Daniel A. Domenech issued the following statement in response to the recent OCR guidance:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Alexandria, Va. – Oct. 7, 2014 – “Given that education is widely recognized as the civil rights issue of this generation, it makes sense for the U.S. Department of Education to be concerned with the equitable allocation of resources for our nation’s public school systems.
“That’s why we applaud the Department’s continued focus on and support for expanding equitable access to all resources—from funding and hiring highly effective personnel to infrastructure and curriculum—for all schools and students.
“Equity is a core tenet of AASA’s advocacy agenda and falls in the center of what drives school superintendents across the nation. The new guidance can bolster the good work already underway aimed at strengthening efforts to undo any patterns of inequity.
“We urge caution to ensure that the guidance remains just that—guidance. We would also like to see the Department work with Congress to ensure equitable access to the critical federal resources, both in terms of funding and policy. Further, we recommend the Department step away from a continued reliance on competitive funding, which is inherently inequitable since it creates a system of winners and losers. We also recommend the Department put closure on ESEA waivers and focus on a comprehensive reauthorization of ESEA. This would provide relief to an outdated, broken law to all states and students, not just those capable of winning a waiver.”
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 the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.