W. Va. Superintendent of The Year to Speak at Capitol Hill Briefing on Education Funding


James Minichello 
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Alexandria, Va. – July 12, 2017 – Deborah S. Akers, superintendent of West Virginia’s Mercer County Schools and the 2017 State Superintendent of the Year, is participating in a Capitol Hill panel discussion about President Trump’s FY 2018 education proposal. The discussion will be hosted by the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) and held on Thursday, July 13.

CEF, a coalition of more than 110 education associations and institutions from preschool to postgraduate education, is releasing Education Matters: Investing in America’s Future, a guide providing details on federal education programs and how the President’s budget would affect these programs.

“I am honored to be chosen to represent the voice of superintendents—the leaders of America’s public school districts—at this important meeting,” said Akers, a former executive committee member of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. “An increased investment in public education is a key barometer on how our nation will successfully compete in a global economy. The significant proposed cuts in education programs contained in the President’s budget contradict the unparalleled role that education plays in molding America’s students who are our leaders of tomorrow.”

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