AASA Statement on the end of the U.S. Government Shutdown

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Alexandria, Va. – Oct. 17, 2013 – Daniel A. Domenech, the executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement today upon the end of the U.S. government shutdown.

“AASA applauds Congress for voting to end the 16-day shutdown. Wednesday’s action by our elected officials represents a strong step in the right direction.

“The vote to allow policymakers to go back to work is critical if the country is serious about tackling the fiscal policy pressures our society is faced with. At a time when school districts continue to suffer from the economic decline brought about by the great recession, Congress must act swiftly to address sequestration—the across-the-board five percent reduction in federal funding that affects the very districts that need these precious dollars the most. The poorest schools in America are not receiving the help they so desperately need.

“Now that the government is open, perhaps we can finally focus on funding equity, early childhood education and programs that would allow low-income students to receive a quality education. Poverty is the chief factor that affects student achievement and we cannot continue to ignore it.

“Those of us in the education business know what to do. The problem is we can’t do it because the support isn’t there. The resources aren’t there to allow us to do all of things necessary.

“We know there is a commitment and passion from our elected officials. The time is now for our leaders to come together in a non-partisan, grounded and coordinated way for the benefit of all of America’s youth.”

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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. Follow AASA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AASAHQ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AASApage. Information on AASA Children’s Programs on Twitter @AASATotalChild.



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