Sensing the depth of education leadership around the table, two Senators reflected, “We have some of the best brains in public education here.” The meeting was convened by the Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium. This group is comprised of 14 school districts, representing 1.4 million students.
Members of the U.S. Senate attending included Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).
“The government may be shut down but schools are open,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “It was refreshing to see the commitment and passion for education that was common from both the superintendents and the Senators themselves.”