AASA, The Rural School and Community Trust Announce New Partnership


James Minichello 
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Partnership aimed to strengthen rural communities and improve education in rural areas

Alexandria, Va. – Nov. 7, 2017 – In support of the organizational goal to represent and support rural school district administrators, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, has announced a new partnership with The Rural School and Community Trust.

The Rural School and Community Trust is a national nonprofit organization addressing the crucial relationship between good schools and thriving communities. The organization involves young people in learning linked to their communities, improves the quality of teaching and school leadership, and advocates in a variety of ways for appropriate state educational policies, including the key issue of equitable and adequate funding for rural schools.

“AASA has long been a leader in advocating for federal policies that support and strengthen our nation’s schools and the students they serve,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “Through this partnership, our organizations will leverage each other’s mutual efforts and supports for rural superintendents to offer a multifaceted set of resources, including networking, advocacy updates, professional learning, webinars, reports and more.”

“We are excited to be part of AASA, an organization that, for generations, has served as the leading voice across America for the leadership of our public school districts. This is a win-win for The Rural School and Community Trust. More importantly though, this partnership will exponentially help students in rural areas,” said Robert Mahaffey, executive director, The Rural School and Community Trust. “Nearly 9 million students attend rural schools — more than the enrollments of the New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and the nation’s next 75 largest school districts combined. Many rural schools and districts are inadequately funded and are unable to provide the opportunities that are available in other school districts. However, there are great resources to build on across America.”

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