Alexandria, Va. –– AASA Executive Director Daniel A. Domenech issued the following statement following the House and Senate passage of the tax bill.
“AASA is deeply frustrated with and disappointed by today’s actions on Capitol Hill. Adoption of the tax bill is an affirmation of failed federal policy that exacerbates the wealth gap, does nothing to address inequities, and fails to support and strengthen our nation’s middle class. This policy may be a win for the wealthy, but it is an absolute defeat to our nation’s public schools and the students they serve.
“Today’s action on Capitol Hill is an example of failed public policy, and a missed chance for leadership and economic opportunity. It challenges historically foundational policy premises, including supports for the middle class and sovereignty of state and local governments, all to ensure and deliver tax cuts. The limited benefits that do exist for the majority of Americans are modest and short lived, while the consequences to our nation’s schools will be long term.
“Our public education system represents one of our nation’s original forms of infrastructure: the backbone of our civic society, our economic growth and vitality, and American creativity. The partisan vote on this bill highlights a deep and pervasive disconnect for more than half of Congress: those voting for this bill demonstrated a clear lack of understanding of or basic consideration for its impact on schools, and their ability to adequately and appropriately prepare our students for their future.
“This vote is a significant pivot toward aggressive partisanship and tax cuts paid for by the middle class. We remain committed to representing our members, the nation’s public school superintendents and will work tirelessly with our allies on Capitol Hill to mitigate the damages of this bill, to repeal and replace the most damaging aspects of this bill, and to expand recognition of the importance of our nation’s public schools.”
For specific questions, please contact Noelle Ellerson Ng, AASA associate executive director, policy and advocacy, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OPS Superintendent Dr. Nick Brake is a member of the AASA National Governing Board.