AASA Recognizes Puerto Rico Department of Education as Affiliated Member

April 22, 2009

Amy Vogt


ARLINGTON, Va. - The American Association of School Administrators today announced that the Puerto Rico Department of Education has agreed to become an affiliated member of AASA. Initially, all of Puerto Rico’s 89 superintendents and seven regional directors will become AASA members.

As part of the agreement, AASA will assist the Puerto Rico Department of Education in creating professional development activities for all of their administrators. AASA will also advise Puerto Rico Secretary of Education Carlos Chardon on federal policies that affect Puerto Rico and work with the U.S. States Department of Education and the Puerto Rico Office of Federal Affairs on federal funding issues such as the use of Title I and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

Secretary Chardon said, “The affiliation with AASA will assist the department in strengthening our staff development programs and the utilization of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for the academic improvement of the 500,000 public school children on the island.”

AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech said, “We are very pleased to welcome Puerto Rico as an affiliated member and we look forward to working with Secretary Chardon in advancing his agenda to improve the quality of education on the island.”

The announcement was made at the AASA Legislative Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C., where U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressed school system leaders. Representing Puerto Rico were Deputy Secretary for Instruction Juan Rodriguez and Director of Federal Affairs William Ubinas.


About AASA
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.