AASA Statement on the Passing of Sen. Edward Kennedy

Aug. 26, 2009

Contact:
Amy Vogt
703-875-0723
avogt@aasa.org

ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Association of School Administrators, the professional organization for school superintendents and other school system leaders, issued the following statement on the passing of Sen. Edward Kennedy:

“AASA mourns the passing of Sen. Edward Kennedy. For more than 45 years in the U.S. Senate, Kennedy was a champion of children, particularly disadvantaged children. He was involved in every significant piece of legislation to impact the lives of children over more than four decades. He was present at the creation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and was a primary author of the Americans with Disabilities Act. He advocated for school nutrition programs and schools’ involvement in children’s healthcare. He was a key ally in AASA’s successful fight to ensure school districts can claim administrative and transportation reimbursement under Medicaid. Kennedy received AASA’s 'I Care About Public Education' award in 1982 as a supporter of children, public schools and education professionals. AASA will miss Kennedy’s support for public education and his ability to move legislation that favored children from low-income families.”

About AASA
The American Association of School Administrators, 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.