AASA Launches National Campaign to Support Public Schools
Alexandria, Va. – On behalf of the 50 million students attending America’s public schools, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced the launch of its I Love Public Education campaign, an ongoing effort to highlight the success of public education and demonstrate why public schools continue to develop future generations of successful students.
“As the national organization for the school superintendents who lead our public schools, AASA is in the best position to lead the dialogue about our love — and the importance of this love — for public education,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “Our I Love Public Education campaign is a direct extension of our commitment to ensuring all students have access to a high quality public education. At a time when education policy may be momentarily distracted from the rich history of our public schools and the roles they play in preparing students to be productive adults, who better than school system leaders to lead, shape and grow a broad dialogue and support for loving public education?”
Last week, hundreds of superintendents — America’s foremost thought leaders in public education — gathered in Washington, D.C., at AASA’s 2017 Legislative Advocacy Conference and discussed critical issues facing our schools. During the meeting, AASA’s Governing Board drafted, finalized and adopted the official resolution in support of the campaign.
“I am so proud to see the launch of this campaign coincide with my year as president of AASA. Now is the time to stand up and celebrate all that is great about public education,” said Gail Pletnick, superintendent, Dysart Unified School District in Surprise, Ariz., and the 2017-18 president of AASA. “The members of AASA are fearless in their willingness to lead the effort to drive improvements in public education and work on any areas of challenge identified. The public school systems we lead are dedicated to serving their communities and students, and deserve support and recognition. We enter this campaign backed by the passion of millions of educators who work for our students, who are our future.”
A key component of the campaign includes fostering conversations and strong actions to allow schools to provide the best support to students. Educators are encouraged to join the conversation on Twitter by using the #LovePublicEducation hashtag.
The campaign website, www.lovepubliceducation.org, includes details on how anyone associated with advocating for the strength of public education can get involved.