Secretary King, AASA President Testify At ESSA Hearing


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – June 23, 2016 – U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. and David R. Schuler, president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, were among those testifying today before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

The hearing, entitled “Next Steps for K-12 Education: Examining Recent Efforts to Implement the Every Student Succeeds Act,” was held at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.

“It was an honor to represent the voice of superintendents across the country in today’s hearing,” said Schuler, the superintendent of High School District 214, in Arlington Heights, Ill.  “We are deeply committed to working with Congress and the U.S. Department of Education as we move toward successful ESSA implementation. The more than 13,000 public school system leaders and, more importantly, the 50 million students they serve are dependent on us to make the right decisions.”

The following is an excerpt from Schuler’s testimony.

“Under ESSA, the role of the federal government is one of supporting and strengthening our nation’s public schools, not prescribing and dictating to us. ESSA realigns the balance of authority so that the federal government can maintain its appropriate limited focus on closing achievement gaps while empowering state and local education leaders to make the day-to-day decisions that most directly impact the school systems we lead.

Read the full press release here.

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