AASA Statement on President Obama’s 2010 Budget Proposal

May 14, 2009

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Amy Vogt
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ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Association of School Administrators, the professional organization for school superintendents and other school system leaders, issued the following statement on the Obama Administration’s 2010 budget proposal:

“AASA applauds the focus on improving teaching in President Obama’s 2010 budget proposal. Strengthening our teacher workforce is an important step toward creating positive change in our schools.

“We also applaud the emphasis on early childhood development in the president’s budget. Increased federal support for early childhood education is a crucial link to reducing achievement gaps among students and ensuring all children begin school prepared to learn.

“The most prevalent and persistent gaps in student achievement are a result of the effects of poverty. The AASA Legislative Agenda calls for refocusing the federal role in education on low-income children to ensure the broad needs of students in poverty are being met.

“Only by supporting the total child and addressing all the factors that affect children's ability to learn, from physical and mental health to the development of fundamental learning skills, can we help all children succeed. AASA urges the Administration to ask Congress to rewrite Title I and other programs in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act so they have greater impact, and increase funding for these essential programs in the 2010 budget.

“It’s time for real change in education. If we keep doing what we’ve always done, we’re going to get the same results. We applaud President Obama’s commitment to investing in public education so that schools can accelerate the pace of change.”

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The American Association of School Administrators, 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.