Executive Director of AASA’s Oklahoma State Affiliate Testifies Today at ESSA Hearing

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Sept. 21, 2016 / 10:00 a.m. (ET)

James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – Sept. 21, 2016 – Ryan Owens, executive director of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration, testified today before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education.

The hearing, entitled “Supplanting the Law and Local Education Authority Through Regulatory Fiat” was held at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.  

“With more than 2,700 members actively serving almost 700,000 students, CCOSA works each day to give voice to the issues impacting education attainment in the Sooner State,” said Owens. “Superintendents in Oklahoma, and across the nation, are acutely aware of the consequences of inequitable resource allocation. Prescriptive regulations like these are not the solution. These regulations create new administrative burdens, encourage compliance driven decision-making, and rob communities of their ability to govern their local schools. It would be far more helpful for the Department to issue technical assistance that instructs states and districts about how to achieve the goal of equitable resource allocation.”

Owens added, “(The Every Student Succeeds Act) ESSA recognized that those closest to students and schools have the best hope for improving learning conditions. The regulations proposed by the Department of Education take away the very flexibility ESSA guarantees.”

Today’s hearing provided Congressional members with an opportunity to discuss the U.S. Department of Education’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 nellerson@aasa.org.


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