NEA and AASA Executives Call on Congress to Get Serious About Investing in Education

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Today, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and AASA Executive Director Daniel A. Domenech released the following statement: "The austerity policies ushered in by Congress aren’t working. They are harming our students and our economy," said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. "In fact, the across-the-board cuts, coupled with the worst economic recession since the Great Depression, are wreaking havoc in schools across the country and will only grow worse if allowed to continue."

A recent NEA analysis revealed, and today’s report by AASA confirms, that the impact of the austerity approach falls unevenly, harming schools that rely more on federal funding for education, including students most in need of extra attention. One in four students in America attends school in a district where 15 to 20 percent of total revenue comes from federal sources. Sequester cuts, NEA’s analysis found, hurt these students even more.

"Investing in our nation’s future through education will translate into improving student achievement, shrinking achievement gaps and increasing high school graduation rates," said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA, The School Superintendents Association. "If our country is serious about successfully competing in a 21st century global economy and bringing down unemployment rates, we need to focus on and prioritize investing in education. The findings in this report illustrate the importance of funding key federal education programs, such as Title I and IDEA."

Read more »