AASA Issues Statement on the Federal School Safety Commission


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – June 6, 2018 – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement on today’s listening session of the Federal School Safety Commission. 

“AASA was pleased to be among the groups participating in today’s listening session of the Federal School Safety Commission. We acknowledge this is a step forward in response to earlier feedback calling out the drastic lack of educator and school professional involvement.

“We submitted a joint statement with five national organizations representing school system leaders and welcomed the chance to attend the first public listening session of the Commission, one with broad stakeholder participation.
“When it comes to school and student safety, the experience and insight of educators and school professionals is a critical component. The success of the Commission in its mission will depend on how seriously they involve and engage stakeholders and structure future meetings to ensure continued diverse participation. The depth of knowledge of the Commission would grow exponentially to include educator and school community stakeholders at each meeting rather than one-off appearances.
“We would be remiss if we did not express our deep disappointment in the poor attendance of the official members of the Commission at today’s listening session. While technology may allow them to stream remotely, or to read our statements after the fact, the fact remains that it is hard to claim to have ‘listened’.

“We know that in school districts across the country, superintendents and school system leaders are leading the very same conversations being tackled by this commission. I can assure you that the superintendents are not sending staff to listen in. They attend in person, because you can’t engage in the process and conversation if you’re not in the room.”


For additional questions, 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.