AASA Responds to President Obama’s 2013 Budget Proposal

Contact: Kitty Porterfield, kporterfield@aasa.org, 703.774.6953

Alexandria, Va., Feb. 13, 2012 - Daniel Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), released the following statement today in response to President Obama’s 2013 budget proposal:

Earlier today, President Obama released his 2013 budget proposal. AASA is pleased to see that the Administration continues to shine a light on education, providing a $1.7 billion (2.5 percent) increase in funding over FY12 levels in an otherwise austere budget year. We applaud the administration for maintaining its commitment to education funding, especially as state and local education agencies continue to struggle with budgetary pressures.

Unfortunately, the Administration continues to emphasize competitive funding. Nearly all of the new K-12 dollars go to competitive grants, instead of investments in federal flagship programs like Title I and IDEA, programs that help level the educational playing field and serve all of the nation’s students and the schools they attend. We are concerned that the proposed level funding for Title I and IDEA could actually translate into reduced per-pupil funding levels, as state and local education agencies face both increased demand and increasing costs for both Title I and IDEA.

We look forward to the FY13 budget and appropriations process, and welcome the opportunity to work with the Administration and Congress to ensure continued and increased investment in and support for our nation’s public schools.

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