Every Student Succeeds Act Signed into Law


James Minichello
703-774-6953 (cell)

Alexandria, Va. – Dec. 10, 2015 – Today, AASA Executive Director Daniel A. Domenech attended the presidential signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act into law as the most recent iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Following up on this historic event, Domenech and AASA’s Executive Committee released the following statement:

“On behalf of our nation’s public schools and the 50 million students they serve, we commend President Obama and Congress for their strong support and leadership for the Every Student Succeeds Act. Each year, we open our school doors knowing that education remains the one true engine for opportunity, to prepare our students to experience college and career success. When we started this school year, our nation’s K-7th graders had spent the entirety of their K-12 experience, to date, under a broken NCLB. As of today, that is no longer a reality. We stand ready to implement this bill in a manner that strengthens our nation’s public schools, an opportunity we welcome and are honored to oblige.

“Today’s bipartisan law represents an acknowledgement by very passionate and committed federal policymakers who recognize the critical roles state and local education leaders must play in crafting and implementing education policies and programs. The law preserves important federal policy cornerstones such as equity, accountability, standards and assessments, but does so in a way that empowers state and local education leaders to more effectively operate the systems for which they are responsible.

“Today’s signing is the culminating event in an 8-year effort. We applaud Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray and Representatives John Kline and Bobby Scott for their tireless leadership throughout the entire ESEA revision process.

“With expanded flexibility comes increased responsibility. We can now move to implementation, ensuring that the policy of ESSA translates into high-quality instruction, as well as comprehensive and rigorous curriculum and assessment. We can now move to a comprehensive approach to education—addressing the needs of the total child.”

AASA Executive Committee members:

Lyle C. Ailshie
Kingsport City Schools
Kingsport, Tenn.

Deborah S. Akers
Mercer County Schools
Princeton, W.Va.  

Richard Carranza
San Francisco Unified School District
San Francisco, Calif.

Steven P. Crawford
Executive Director
Oklahoma Association of School Administrators
Oklahoma City, Okla.

S. Dallas Dance
Baltimore County Public Schools

Townson, Md.  

Charles S. Dedrick
CEO & District Superintendent
Capital Region BOCES
Albany, N.Y.

Joseph V. Erardi, Jr.
Newtown Public Schools
Newtown, Ct.

Eric C. Eshbach
Northern York County School District
Dillsburg, Pa.

Alton Frailey

Katy Independent School District

Katy, Texas 

Chris Gaines
Mehlville School District
St. Louis, Mo.

Gary Kelly
Du Quoin Community Unit School District
Du Quoin, Ill.

Timothy Mitchell
Rapid City Area Schools
Rapid City, S.D.  

David Pennington
Ponca City Public Schools
Ponca City, Okla.  

Gail Pletnick
Dysart Unified School District 89
Glendale, Ariz.

Michelle Price
Moses Lake School District 161
Moses Lake, Wash.

David R. Schuler
Township High School District 214
Arlington Heights, Ill.  

Theron J. Schutte
Bettendorf Community School District

Bettendorf, Iowa

Valerie Silva
St. Paul Independent School District 625
St. Paul, Minn.

Tom Turrell
Superintendent of Schools
Byers School District 32J
Byers, Colo.

Jule Walker
Plevna Schools
Plevna,  MT

Brock Womble
Caswell County School District
Cullowhee, N.C.


For specific questions about ESEA reauthorization, please contact Noelle Ellerson, AASA associate executive director, policy and advocacy, at nellerson@aasa.org.

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.