AASA Applauds Senate Vote on ECAA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
James Minichello
703-875-0723
703-774-6953 (cell)
jminichello@aasa.org

Alexandria, Va. – July 16, 2015 – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement today following the U.S. Senate’s passage of the Every Child Achieves Act.

“AASA applauds the Senate for its broad support for our nation’s schools and the students they serve, voting 81-17 to pass the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA). In this act, the effort to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, going on its 8th year) has reached the furthest point yet. Today’s vote maintains the core focus of ESEA, targeting resources and support to students most in need while providing robust educational opportunities for all students. ECAA is long past due and ensures continued support for our nation’s public schools.

“We applaud ECAA for being a bipartisan solution to the federal overreach and punitive measures in current law, restoring a more proper balance between federal, state and local government in public education. By returning autonomy to the state and local level, ECAA recognizes the importance of empowering state and local leaders to use their professional knowledge and proximal location to make the decisions necessary to successfully adhere to their educational missions. We look forward to the conference committee process to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate proposals.”

For specific questions about ESEA reauthorization, please contact Noelle Ellerson, AASA associate executive director, policy and advocacy, at nellerson@aasa.org.

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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 the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.



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