AASA Leadership, Superintendents Meet with U.S. Policymakers


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – (Oct. 10, 2013) – The leadership of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and superintendents from across the country joined U.S. education policy leaders yesterday on Capitol Hill to discuss education policies that will support all schools.

Sensing the depth of education leadership around the table, two Senators reflected, “We have some of the best brains in public education here.” The meeting was convened by the Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium. This group is comprised of 14 school districts, representing 1.4 million students.

Members of the U.S. Senate attending included Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).

“The government may be shut down but schools are open,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “It was refreshing to see the commitment and passion for education that was common from both the superintendents and the Senators themselves.”

The Consortium’s work focuses on three key areas:

  • Establish a community of practice, collaboration, and shared values;
  • Foster success of others through sharing best practices, innovation, and supportive leadership; and
  • Draw from effective practices and strategies to inform federal policy.

The members of the Consortium are: Arlington Public Schools (Va.); Baltimore County Public Schools (Md.); Bellevue School District (Wash.); Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (N.C.); Cobb County School District (Ga.); Fairfax County Public Schools (Va.); Fulton County Schools (Ga.); Greenville County Schools (S.C.); Gwinnett County Public Schools (Ga.); Mesa Public Schools (Ariz.); Montgomery County Public Schools (Md.); Poway Unified School District (Calif.); School District U-46 (Ill.); and Virginia Beach City Public Schools (Va.). Superintendents J. Alvin Wilbanks (Ga.) and Joshua P. Starr (Md.) serve as co-chairs.

AASA and EducationCounsel are providing administrative and organizational support to the Consortium and its members. For more information, visit the Consortium website at www.successatscale.com.


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.