AASA Statement on Supplement-Supplant Regulations


James Minichello
703-774-6953 (cell)

Alexandria, Va. – Aug. 31, 2016 – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement today on the implementation process of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

“AASA understands the role of the U.S. Dept. of Education to provide clarifying regulations, guidance and technical assistance, consistent with the spirit and intent of the underlying statute, to support schools in its work to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

“We are deeply disappointed in today’s proposed regulation as it relates to the ‘Supplement Not Supplant (SNS)’ provisions in ESSA, given its federal overreach and extensive prescription. While we can agree with USED on its focus on ensuring students have the resources they need, this proposal—as drafted—glosses over the realities of school finance, the reality of how and when funds are allocated, the extent to which districts do or do not have complete flexibility, the patterns of teacher sorting and hiring, and the likelihood that many students would experience the rule, as drafted, in a way that undermines true efforts aimed at increasing education equity.

“AASA will use the comment period to provide detailed feedback to USED in the hopes of working together to improve the regulation to something that can be meaningfully implemented and to work toward our common goal of ensuring that all of our nation’s students have access to the resources they need to learn and achieve.”


For specific questions about ESSA implementation, 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.