AASA Issues Statement on Funding Deal for Federal Fiscal Year 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
James Minichello
703-875-0723
703-774-6953 (cell)
jminichello@aasa.org

Alexandria, Va. – December 17, 2019 – Today, Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement in response to the release of a $1.4 trillion funding bill, avoiding a government shutdown.

“AASA applauds Congress for completing its federal appropriations work for federal fiscal year 2020.

“We greatly appreciate that this divided Congress came together to invest heavily in critical formula programs like IDEA and Title I. Districts across the country rely on this funding to provide a basic level of services and interventions for our low-income students and students with disabilities, but Congress must take greater steps towards fully-funding these critical programs.

“We are also pleased to see that the Secure Rural Schools program was reauthorized, providing critical support for 4,400 rural districts in 41 states.

“However, we are disappointed that included in the ‘Christmas Tree’ spending bill was a four-year reauthorization of the D.C. voucher program, the only federally funded voucher program, which has failed to improve student achievement for 15 years and maintains the failed education policies that underpin the program.”

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For specific questions, please contact Sasha Pudelski, AASA advocacy director, at spudelski@aasa.org.

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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 equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.