On behalf of the AASA, let me congratulate Deb
Kerr, who was sworn in earlier this month in Washington, D.C. as the 2019-20
president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. A bona fide champion
for children, the superintendent of The School District of Brown Deer in Brown
Deer, Wis., brings a special dedication and commitment to her new role.
The first female superintendent to serve in
that role at Brown Deer Schools, her district lies in the suburbs of Milwaukee
with more than 1,600 students. Three out of every four are students of color and
nearly half are living in poverty.
July is always a special time for AASA. Hundreds of superintendents across the country—some of the sharpest minds in public education—gathered in the nation’s capital last week to discuss some of the most critical issues in public education as part of our annual Legislative Advocacy Conference.
The meeting marked three days of invaluable conversation focusing on such hot-button issues as school safety, appropriations, career and technical education, the Higher Education Act, teacher shortages, IDEA and Medicaid. AASA members—individuals I often refer to as “champions for children”—made their voices heard by visiting members of Congress from their respective districts and states to share opinions on these important matters.