Superintendents Meet With US Congressional Delegation
Six Missouri superintendents attended the AASA Legislative Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C. recently. Those attending included AASA Governing Board members, David McGehee, Lee's Summit; Doug Hayter, Branson; Mike Fulton, Pattonville; Chris Wilson, Kennett; AASA Executive Committee Member, Chris Gaines, Wright City; AASA Member, Ron Anderson, Jackson; Roger Kurtz, MASA Executive Director; and Mike Lodewegen, MASA Director of Legislative Advocacy,. As part of this meeting, the group visited the offices of both Missouri Senators and the office of six of the eight Missouri Congressmen.
During the visits, the group stressed with the elected officials the need to maintain the current E-rate structure. The FCC was slated to make substantial changes to the program at a meeting on July 11. The school leaders also shared information on how the nutritional guidelines were negatively impacting the school lunch program in Missouri. They also asked the legislators to consider less federal intrusion into public education and provide more local control. There was strong concensus among the legislators that nothing was going to get done this year on the reauthorization of ESEA.