MRH Superintendent Goes to Capitol Hill in Support of Public Education
In a bid to ensure that local public school district officials are driving their own policy decisions, MRH Superintendent of Schools Karen Hall joined other top educators at this week's legislative advocacy conference by the American Association of School Administrators. The conference took place in Washington, D.C.
The whirlwind trip included direct discussions with senators and congress members such as Claire McCaskill, Roy Blunt, Ann Wagner, Blaine Luektemeyer, Jason Smith, Sam Graves and Vickie Hartzler. Topics ranged from how best to work with the current administration on key issues and the potential impact of the upcoming mid-term elections on public education policies.
The AASA is asking members to speak out loudly on the issue of whether to reauthorize the Higher Education Act through a congressional bill known as the PROSPER Act. The AASA opposes the bill, saying it would significantly increase the teacher shortage issue many districts are facing by eliminating teacher preparation elements and all student loan forgiveness programs currently exercised by teachers in public schools.
AASA members will also push for increased funding under the STOP School Violence Act, passed by congress after the school shooting in Parkland, FL. The group says the current funding level is inadequate to address the security needs of most public school systems, but is pleased with what it calls a "meaningful bipartisan achievement" which deserves continued funding.
AASA is the premier association for school system leaders and serves as the national voice for public education and district leadership on Capitol Hill. The superintendent of the Mehlville School District, Chris Gaines, was confirmed as the association's new president.
For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.