Superintendents Meet with U.S. Policymakers



James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – (Feb. 6, 2014) – Superintendents from across the country who represent the Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium presented recommendations for a new federal education accountability framework to a bi-partisan group of U.S. Senators on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 on Capitol Hill.

This meeting was part of an ongoing discussion with Senate members about the reauthorization of ESEA and other major federal education laws.

School system leaders attending the meeting included: Alvin Wilbanks, Gwinnett County, Ga.; Josh Starr, Montgomery County, Md.; Pat Murphy, Arlington, County, Va.; Michael Hinojosa, Cobb County, Ga.; Jose Torres, U-46, Elgin, Ill.; and James Pohl, Virginia Beach, Va.

Six Senate offices were represented. Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) convened the meeting. Staff to Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Michael Bennett (D-Colo.) and Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) also participated.

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.

AASA and the EducationCounsel are providing administrative and organizational support to the Consortium and its members.

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About AASA

AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 10,000 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 Follow AASA on Twitter at or on Facebook at