National Education Groups Issue Statement on Proposed Elimination of SALT-D

For Immediate Release

James Minichello
703-774-6953 (cell)

Alexandria, Va. – Oct. 27, 2017 – National education groups representing superintendents, school boards, school business professionals, rural schools and communities, and educational service agencies issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s proposed elimination of the State and Local Tax Deduction (SALT).
“We believe any comprehensive tax reform must preserve the state and local tax (SALT) deduction as a matter of national priority. The SALT revenue is invested in local communities to fund vital needs including infrastructure, public safety, homeownership and public schools, which educate almost 90 percent of students in our country. Representing public education leaders entrusted with the important responsibility for educating students, we are deeply committed to ensuring students get the best possible education and support. Eliminating the SALT deduction endangers public education and our students’ future.
“State and local tax deductions ensure a stable local tax base that public schools rely on to educate students and provide needed services, such as health care and related needs. The current proposal to eliminate the SALT deduction as part of broader tax reform would cripple this ability and damage state and local economies.
“Policymakers can support tax reform and preserve this deduction. For the sake of our nation’s students and their future, we urge Congress to preserve and protect the SALT deduction.”
In alphabetical order, representatives from the national organizations included:
AASA, The School Superintendents Association
Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director
Association of Educational Service Agencies
Joan Wade, Executive Director  
Association of School Business Officials, International
John Musso, Executive Director
National Rural Education Association
Allen Pratt, Executive Director
National School Boards Association
Thomas Gentzel, Executive Director and CEO
For specific questions, please contact Noelle Ellerson Ng, 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