Superintendents Meet on Capitol Hill About ESSA


Large District Consortium


Superintendents and other school district leaders from across the country who are members of the Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium recently met with federal education policy staff members on Capitol Hill about the implementation process of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Having successfully advocated for several provisions and principles in ESSA, the Consortium members met on Friday, June 17 with majority and minority staff from the U.S. Senate HELP Committee (Health, Education, Labor & Pensions) to discuss their priorities and initial reactions to the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed regulations. 

“We recognize the important work that Congressional staff members do in shaping legislation that ultimately has a huge impact in our school districts,” said Tim Mills, superintendent of the Bellevue (Wash.) School District, and chair of the Consortium. “I have found that education policy staff have been very open to listening to our perspectives. Through this Consortium, we are bringing a voice that helps our policymakers understand perspectives from our school districts. Through the work of EducationCounsel and AASA, we are able to have those face-to-face conversations.” 

AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and EducationCounsel provide policy, advocacy and organizational support to the Consortium and its members. The Consortium is a unique group of the nation’s most highly-regarded, large-district leaders, all of whom are committed to world-class learning for students.  

Together, the nearly 20 consortium districts, which serve more than 1.8 million students, reflect the highly diverse makeup of communities across America. Of particular interest is the fact that these districts have had significant success raising achievement and closing gaps among subgroups of students.

“My colleagues in the Consortium are very focused on the values I personally believe in,” said Mills. “Being part of a group like this adds credibility to the messages that we’re conveying.” 

Consortium members held meetings on Thursday, June 16, at EducationCounsel’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Consortium will next convene in Charlotte later this year. 

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