W.Va. Superintendent of the Year to Speak at Capitol Hill Briefing on Education Funding


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – July 12, 2017 – Deborah S. Akers, superintendent of West Virginia’s Mercer County Schools and the 2017 State Superintendent of the Year, is participating in a Capitol Hill panel discussion about President Trump’s FY 2018 education proposal. The discussion will be hosted by the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) and held on Thursday, July 13.

CEF, a coalition of more than 110 education associations and institutions from preschool to postgraduate education, is releasing Education Matters: Investing in America’s Future, a guide providing details on federal education programs and how the President’s budget would affect these programs.

“I am honored to be chosen to represent the voice of superintendents—the leaders of America’s public school districts—at this important meeting,” said Akers, a former executive committee member of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. “An increased investment in public education is a key barometer on how our nation will successfully compete in a global economy. The significant proposed cuts in education programs contained in the President’s budget contradict the unparalleled role that education plays in molding America’s students who are our leaders of tomorrow.”
Akers has served as superintendent of Mercer County Schools since 1993 and has been a member of AASA for 17 years. She served on AASA’s governing structure from 2007 to 2015.
For specific questions about education funding, please contact Noelle Ellerson Ng, 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.