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  • 26 Jun 2020 10:57 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    AASA Statement in Response to USED Interim Rule on Equitable Services for CARES Act


    Alexandria, Va. – June 25, 2020 – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement in response to the new interim rule on equitable services under the CARES Act, issued today by the U.S. Department of Education.


    “AASA is deeply disappointed in U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ doubling down on her flawed guidance for equitable services for the emergency CARES funding to support schools, a move that will shift an additional $1.3 billion beyond what Congress intended from Title I students in public schools to support all students in private schools.


    “The policy priorities of the Secretary represent an opportunistic money grab, using the pandemic environment to advance the privatization agenda.


    “AASA stands by the historical application of equitable services, ensuring services and supports for private schools based on Title I eligible students served, which aligns with both the clear intent of Congress in the CARES Act as well as the applicable underlying statute in the Every Student Succeeds Act. The DeVos interim rule would further lock in the inherently inequitable allocation originally proposed in the flawed guidance, requiring public schools to generate their allocation of CARES funding based only on Title I eligible students, while allowing all private schools to generate their share of funding by counting all of their students.


    “When afforded the opportunity to rescind and revise the CARES guidance to align with the CARES statute—and to be consistent with broader equitable services guidance her department issued in October 2019—Secretary DeVos chooses to instead reaffirm her support for inequitable allocation of federal CARES funding and her commitment to using the COVID pandemic as a catalyst for using dollars intended for Title I eligible students in public schools to subsidize wealthier students in private schools.  


    “Now is not the time to abuse the technical assistance and federal register processes to accomplish privatization goals. It is a time for leadership from all levels, focused on ensuring critical federal resources reach our nation’s schools and the students they serve as expeditiously and efficiently as possible in a manner consistent with the law. AASA will be mobilizing school superintendents across the nation to highlight the misstep and disservice inherent in the Secretary’s proposal. We stand ready to engage with educators and administrators across this nation to support the education of all students, to keep the ‘equity’ in equitable services, and to ensure our nation’s neediest public school students aren’t left subsidizing private schools.”

  • 17 Jun 2020 8:14 PM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    Collaborating in a Crisis: Working Together to Safely Reopen Our School Buildings

    The National Labor-Management Partnership is a coalition that includes AASA - The School Superintendents’ Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the Consortium for Educational Change, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Education Association, and the National School Boards Association.

  • 17 Jun 2020 8:11 PM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    AASA Survey: No Timetable Yet Regarding When Schools Will Reopen; More Than Half Of Districts Lack Adequate Internet Access


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    Alexandria, Va. – June 16, 2020 – An overwhelming majority (94%) of superintendents nationwide indicate they are not ready to announce when their schools will reopen or resume in-person instruction, according to a survey released today by AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, AASA issued a nationwide coronavirus school response survey to provide federal, state and local policy makers with data about how districts are adapting and responding to the virus, about prolonged closings, and about the resources and information superintendents are relying on. The results being released today are from the second iteration of this survey, which collected more than 500 responses from 48 states.

    “AASA is committed to supporting superintendents and other school district leaders throughout the country during this challenging and unprecedented time,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “We hope school systems will find our survey results helpful as they carefully strive for a safe and healthy reopening process that is consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.”

    Additional key findings include: 

    • More than nine out of 10 respondents (92%) replied “district-owned laptop, tablets and hotspots” when asked how their districts are providing distance learning while schools are closed due to COVID-19.
    • Nearly all respondents (96%) replied “pickup/delivery of free and reduced-price meals” when asked what, if anything, their districts are doing to address equity during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than nine out of 10 respondents replied, “devices are provided for students who need them.”
    • More than half of the respondents (60%) answered “we lack adequate internet access at home (student homework gap)” when asked to identify barriers that would prohibit their districts from transitioning to a fully online-learning model.
    • Nearly half (47%) of the respondents reported “transportation/bus service” and one third (33%) reported “student support services” when asked what, if any, contracts their districts have that are not being fully realized because of the pandemic.  

    This report represents the second iteration of a series that AASA will release about the impact of COVID-19 on school districts and only speaks to the preliminary effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on district operations. Click hereto access the COVID-19 and Schools: Detailing the Continued ImpactClick here to view results of the first survey, released in April.

    For additional information, contact Noelle Ellerson Ng, AASA associate executive director, policy and governance, at or Chris Rogers, AASA policy analyst, at

    Today’s announcement comes a week after the release of What Will It Cost To Reopen Schools?, a report issued by AASA and the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). According to the report, the average school district in the U.S. may need to incur additional expenses, totaling nearly $1.8 million, to reopen their school buildings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 13 Feb 2019 8:28 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)


    Los Angeles – Feb. 13, 2019 – At the outset of the National Conference on Education, where hundreds of school district leaders are convening in Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 14-16, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, released its seventh annual salary study to benchmark superintendent compensation and benefits.


    The report, 2018-19 AASA Superintendent Salary & Benefits Study, was released in two versions: a full version for AASA members and an abridged version for wider circulation. More than 1,400 responses were received.


    “The demands placed on a superintendent’s desk exceed that of just about every other occupation in America, which is why we see this report as a valuable tool for our members,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “The rich data generated in this survey provide key benchmarks when comparing how leaders of other industries are compensated in small, medium and large communities.”

    Major findings include:

    • Base salaries ranged from $42,000 to $397,953, with a median of $92,000 and $236,000 depending on district enrollment (size).
    • Respondents are predominately male (75 percent), white (89.9 percent) and from intermediate-sized districts (300-2,499 students, 54.4 percent) regardless of their gender.
    • Nearly two-thirds of the respondents (65.2 percent), regardless of gender, indicated that their district is best described as rural.
    • Female respondents were, on average, slightly older than male respondents (with a median age of 53 to 52, respectively).
    • On the issue of longevity, more than half of the respondents have served in their present position between one and five years, with less than 15 percent exceeding 10 years. Males report somewhat greater longevity in the superintendency than females, although the longevity of female superintendents has increased substantially over the previous years of this study.
    • Few superintendents (15.1 percent) see their district’s economic condition as strong. Slightly more than half (56 percent) see their district’s economic condition as stable. Slightly more than one quarter (28.6 percent) describe the economic condition of their district as declining.

    To access a copy of the 2018-19 AASA Superintendent Salary & Benefits Studyclick here. AASA members can access the full member-only version through This version will be available on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019.  


    For specific questions about the report, contact Noelle Ellerson Ng, AASA associate executive director, policy and advocacy, at For more information about the 2019 National Conference on Education, access AASA’s Conference Daily Online.


  • 08 Oct 2018 11:58 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

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