AASA Statement on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Alexandria, Va. – Dec. 18, 2013 – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement in response to today’s Senate vote to adopt the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.

“AASA applauds Congress for its support of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. In adopting the measure, Congress acted to provide funding levels that will allow restoration of a large share of the sequester cuts for FY14, funds that will prove vital for schools in the 2014-15 school year. This legislation is a step in the right direction and it is good to see House and Senate Democrats and Republicans come together on a deal that, while not perfect, is good. It is an appropriate sentiment at this time of year, reiterating the importance of working together, and sets a positive tone for 2014.

“Congress’ work is not over. The BBA resets the clock on the annual appropriations process, and Congress must now resume its work of allocating the funds across all aspects of government. AASA urges Congress to advance Labor-HHS-Education bills that prioritize investment in the cornerstone of federal K12 education policy, Title I LEA grants and IDEA Part B grants. It is imperative that these critical formula programs be funded at levels not less than the pre-sequestration levels of 2013. In a time of limited federal resources, AASA believes that federal education investments must be targeted to the programs and policies that best advance the federal government’s commitment to leveling the education playing field, the programs that have the biggest impact on school district budgets and the programs that best address the needs of the nation’s public schools and neediest students: Title I and IDEA.”

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