50 National Organizations Sign Joint Statement in Support of Public Education

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Advocacy Groups Speak Out During Public Schools Week

Alexandria, Va. – March 9, 2018 – National education groups representing teachers, principals, superintendents, parents and other civic organizations have joined together to celebrate the achievements our public schools are making in this country and the critical roles they play in developing future generations of successful students. 

As part of Public Schools Week (March 12-16), 50 national organizations have issued a joint statement in support of public education to promote the positive impact public schools have on our nation’s young people and the communities in which they live. To maintain this momentum, members of Congress supporting this movement will share success stories about the schools and students from their respective districts during speeches from the floors of the U.S. House and Senate.   

“Communities are stronger and schools are better when we work in unison to support them, and the axis of that support is public education,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “There is no better time than now to speak out about the outstanding contributions made by our public schools. With the mounting changes in the education landscape, Public Schools Week creates a platform for Americans to express their feelings toward public school systems and why their success is a key determinant when it comes to our country’s future.”

“Public schools in America are foundational to our democracy and our economy,” said Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers. “Public schools in America are the only institution that promises to help every child realize her dreams and aspirations, regardless of who she is or where she’s from. During Public Schools Week, we are shining a spotlight on our students and their amazing accomplishments, and America’s educators and the awe-inspiring work they do in their classrooms.”

“Education is the currency that buys freedom, the kind of freedom that opens a world of opportunity to students,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director, National Association of Secondary School Principals. “Public schools place opportunity within reach for each student in America by empowering each student to fulfill their greatest potential. That is the promise of public education, and the commitment our dedicated public school principals and teachers reaffirm each day.”

“National PTA is proud to support Public Schools Week in our commitment of putting the needs of all children first by advocating for high-quality public education,” said Nathan R. Monell, CAE, executive director of National PTA. “Our association supports public education as the major vehicle for preserving the basic values of a democratic system of government, as well as adequate funding in public education to better support our nation’s public schools, its students, their families and teachers.”

“We at the Network for Public Education believe that public education is the pillar of our democracy,” said Carol Burris, executive director, the Network for Public Education. “Public schools nurture and teach all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, first language or learning ability. This week we are proud to honor the professionals who serve our students and the parents and communities who generously lend their support.”

On Thursday, March 15, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EDT), members of Congress, educators, students, parents and other supporters of public education across the country are encouraged to join the conversation via Twitter (#PublicSchoolsWeek) and share why they support this initiative and the outstanding work accomplished by public schools in our communities.  

The week will conclude on Friday, March 16, with a panel discussion that will be held on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., entitled, “Understanding the Funding Streams that Impact Public School Students” at the Rayburn House Office Building (Room 2044), 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (EDT).  Lauren Camera, national education reporter with the U.S. News & World Report, will moderate the panel comprised of: 

  • Stan Collender, executive vice president, Qorvis MSLGROUP
  • Bruce Lesley, president, First Focus
  • David Reich, senior fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Click here to access the I Love Public Education / Public Schools Week Toolkit, an online resource containing a calendar of events as well as messages, talking points, suggested social media messaging, info graphics and other information to help promote these activities and the great work underway in public schools.

Click here to view the list of organizations participating in Public Schools Week.  

For more information, contact Sasha Pudelski, AASA advocacy director, at spudelski@aasa.org. Advocates of public education are encouraged to join the conversation on social media by accessing the #PublicSchoolsWeek and #LovePublicEducation hashtags.

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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.