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  • 05 Feb 2020 1:40 PM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    Public Schools Week is in less than three weeks and we hope you're getting excited to celebrate the amazing things happening in public schools and the hard work your students, educators, administrators and parents are doing to make and keep our public schools great!


    If you haven't done so already, download our social media toolkit, so you can share why you are#PublicSchoolProud. Also consider asking your Representative to support the bipartisan Public Schools Week resolution. You can send a quick email using our system and directly connect with your Representatives and Senators by clicking here.


    As a superintendent, you have committed your professional life to improving public schools and ensuring every child in your community—regardless of ability, religion, wealth, language, country of origin, or need—has access to a high-quality public education system. It is intuitive that by strengthening America's public school system, which nine out of 10 children attend, we strengthen our democracy.


    Public schools are the centerpiece of the hopes and dreams of our families, and the growth and wellbeing for our communities. It's time for Congress to designate a week that recognizes and celebrates the contributions you and your colleagues are making to improving American society.


    Take moment to ask your political leaders to demonstrate their support for public education by signing onto the Public Schools Week Resolution.


    The AASA Policy & Advocacy Team

  • 17 Jan 2020 11:09 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    AASA is a proud founder of Public Schools Week, national celebration of the great things happening every day in public schools–and the potential for greater things. Public Schools Week, which will be held the week of Feb 24th, 2020 is a designated week for administrators, teachers, specialists, teacher educators, parents and school board members to join forces in celebrating the achievements our public schools are making and honoring the significant contributions and accomplishments public school educators and education advocates bring every day to our public schools and their communities.


    Each year a bipartisan congressional resolution is introduced that speaks to the importance of public schools and the need for additional and equitable investments in education. Last year, three states issued Public Schools Week resolutions modeled after the federal resolution that were signed by their Governors. We are hopeful that with your help more states will have resolutions passed/enacted in 2020. We believe it's critical to broaden the positive message about public schools beyond Washington, D.C. and we have found that it's helpful to have legislators at all levels spend time acknowledging the hard work and success happening in our schools. 


    The text of the 2020 federal resolution can be found here. Click here to see how one state modified the federal resolution and used it to mark Public Schools Week in their state.


    To learn more about Public Schools Week, and AASA messaging for 2020 and AASA #PublicSchoolProud campaign please go here.

  • 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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