AASA Urges Federal Government to End Shutdown


James Minichello
703-774-6953 (cell)

Alexandria, Va. – Oct. 2, 2013 – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement today on the federal government shutdown.

“Poverty is a direct link to whether or not our children are going to succeed in school. For this reason alone, AASA urges the federal government to end the shutdown.

“We live in the richest and most powerful country in the world. Yet, there is a growing disparity between children of poverty and those who are not in poverty. To compound the issue, sequestration has taken federal dollars away from the children who need these funds the most. AASA calls on the U.S. government to reopen and address the needs of these children.

“We congratulate the Leadership for Healthy Communities on its successful 2013 Childhood Obesity Prevention Summit, held this week in Baltimore. Childhood obesity rates, according to LCH, have increased disproportionately among African-American, Latino, Native American and low-income children. Every day Congress does not come to work means another day of not working on policies aimed at expanding opportunities for more people, particularly children, to eat healthy foods and live longer lives.

“For the sake of our children, let’s end the shutdown.”



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. Follow AASA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AASAHQ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AASApage. Information on AASA Children’s Programs on Twitter @AASATotalChild.