AASA Voices Concern with Senate Education Funding Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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James Minichello
AASA
703-875-0723
703-774-6953
jminichello@aasa.org


Alexandria, Va. – June 9, 2016 – In advance of today’s U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee meeting, which will consider its bill for the FY17 Labor, Health, Human Services and Education, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, has expressed concern with funding levels contained in the legislation.

“AASA is keenly aware of the pressure that current funding caps—including those of the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act—place on appropriations allocations,” said Noelle Ellerson, AASA associate executive director, policy and advocacy. “We believe it is the responsibility of Congress to raise these caps to better support appropriate investment in programs, including education.”

AASA outlined its concerns in a letter forwarded to the Senate committee.

“Tomorrow marks the six-month anniversary of the signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act, and if the Senate Appropriations Committee passes the bill under consideration, it will mean that our nation's schools start the 2017-18 school year--the first of ESSA--facing a $150 million shortfall at the local level,” added Ellerson.

For more information, access AASA’s The Leading Edge Blog.

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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.