On behalf of the children that attend our nation’s public schools, the I Love Public Education campaign is a year-long effort to highlight why public schools are essential to developing the future generations that will maintain our country’s status as a world leader.
The campaign is designed to facilitate deliberate conversations and strong, meaningful actions on the efforts to bolster our schools to best support the students they serve. We will work to reframe the current national dialogue on public education to highlight the critical role public schools play as the bedrock of our civic society and their work to prepare students to be successful, contributing members of their local, national, and global communities.
As the national organization representing public school superintendents, we have long focused on the importance of equity as a driver of and goal for educational opportunity and achievement. Equity is at the center of our campaign, with the long-term goal of ensuring all communities have access to a high-quality public school. Our multi-pronged campaign will permeate all aspects of our work: Advocacy, Children’s Programs, Leadership Development and Membership Services, as well as the supports and services we provide members, including newsletters, social media, webinars, cohort communities, and more.
Watch the brief testimonials from AASA President Gail Pletnick (Supt., Dysart Unified School District, Surprise, Ariz.) and AASA President-Elect Chris Gaines (Supt., Mehlville Public Schools, St. Louis, Mo.).
“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.”
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. 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 role 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?