AASA Issues Statement on Teacher Preparation Regulations


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – March 7, 2017 – Today, Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement on recent efforts of Congress to rescind certain education regulations:

“AASA was pleased with the return of decision-making power to education professionals at the state and local level under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Under the regulations regarding teacher preparation programs, released last October, the federal government mandates increased reporting.

“We applaud Senator Benjamin Sasse (R-Neb.) for his effort to include the final regulations on teacher preparation programs in the Congressional Review Act disapproval resolutions.

“These regulations impose an unfunded burden on school principals, superintendents and school data systems. School districts do not currently receive funding under the Higher Education Act, and should not be required to submit to regulations under the law. Our members—school superintendents working to provide all students with excellent educational opportunity--remain committed to working with Congress and the administration in this critical effort and request Congress to allow them the control necessary over their data and evaluation systems.” 

For specific questions about teacher preparation programs, please contact Leslie Finnan, senior legislative analyst, at lfinnan@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.