Alabama Superintendent to Testify at ESSA Hearing

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Feb. 10, 2016 – 10:00 a.m. (ET)    

James Minichello


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Alexandria, Va. – Vic Wilson, superintendent of Hartselle City Schools, in Hartselle, Ala., will testify today before the House Education and the Workforce Committee in its hearing, Next Steps for K-12 Education: Implementing the Promise to Restore State and Local Control.

The hearing will focus on implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act. Wilson is a member of the School Superintendents of Alabama and AASA, The School Superintendents Association. His testimony will detail the importance of ensuring that state and local education agencies lead ESSA implementation and not the federal government.

“I am very proud to represent the voice of superintendents in my remarks as I look forward to today's hearing,” said Wilson. “We applaud our federal policymakers for crafting legislation that recognizes the critical roles played by our states and local educators in our collective efforts to significantly raise student outcomes. With local control, we are better able to meet the needs of all students, no matter what zip code they're from.”

The following is an excerpt from Wilson’s testimony:

“Throughout the United States, the nation’s 14,000 public school superintendents are charged with meeting and exceeding expectations of student achievement and learning for stakeholders at the local level. What works in Alabama might differ slightly from what works in Minnesota. 

“Likewise, what works in Hartselle, Ala. might differ slightly from what works in Florence, Ala. or Arley, Ala. ESSA provides a new opportunity for each of those leaders to craft and implement ‘customized education’ for learners in their districts. In Hartselle City Schools, we strive to customize an education for each of our 3,010 students.  

To access Wilson testimony, please visit the Hartselle City Schools website.

For specific questions about ESSA, please contact Noelle Ellerson, AASA associate executive director, policy and advocacy, at


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 advocates for the highest quality public education for all students, and develops and supports school system leaders.