Secretary King, AASA President Testify at ESSA Hearing


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – June 23, 2016 – U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. and David R. Schuler, president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, were among those testifying today before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

The hearing, entitled “Next Steps for K-12 Education: Examining Recent Efforts to Implement the Every Student Succeeds Act,” was held at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.

“It was an honor to represent the voice of superintendents across the country in today’s hearing,” said Schuler, the superintendent of High School District 214, in Arlington Heights, Ill.  “We are deeply committed to working with Congress and the U.S. Department of Education as we move toward successful ESSA implementation. The more than 13,000 public school system leaders and, more importantly, the 50 million students they serve are dependent on us to make the right decisions.”

The following is an excerpt from Schuler’s testimony.

“Under ESSA, the role of the federal government is one of supporting and strengthening our nation’s public schools, not prescribing and dictating to us. ESSA realigns the balance of authority so that the federal government can maintain its appropriate limited focus on closing achievement gaps while empowering state and local education leaders to make the day-to-day decisions that most directly impact the school systems we lead.

“In February, at the National Conference on Education, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, launched a new research-based multi-metric initiative to redefine what it means to be college and career ready, called Redefining Ready!That could’ve never happened under the waiver process or NCLB. Under ESSA, you have given us permission to dream and lead and transform public education in this country and we will do just that.”
Today’s hearing provided Congressional members with an opportunity to discuss with Secretary King, as well as state and local education leaders, the department’s implementation efforts and the need to ensure ESSA is implemented according to the letter and intent of the law.


For specific questions about ESSA implementation, 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’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