AASA President-Elect Gail Pletnick to Testify at Senate ESSA Hearing

Embargoed for Release:
July 14, 2016 / 9:30 a.m. (ET)

James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – A day after being sworn in as the 2016-17 president-elect of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, Gail Pletnick, superintendent of Arizona’s Dysart Unified School District 89, is testifying today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor & Pensions.

The hearing, “ESSA Implementation: Perspectives from Education Stakeholders on Proposed Regulations,” is taking place at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill. 

The following is an excerpt from Pletnick’s testimony:

“The power of ESSA is the flexibility it provides to states and schools - allowing them to focus on each student. The ESSA environment promises to be in stark contrast to the prescriptive and restrictive ‘one size fits all’ landscape of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). I understand the value of carefully crafted regulations in supporting ESSA implementation, but it is critical those regulations reflect the carefully constructed language that speaks to intent in this law: state and local flexibility and leadership."

Read the full press release here.

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