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  • The Mississippi Association of School Administrators
    is proud to announce
    Dr. Gearl Loden, Tupelo Public School District
     2015 Superintendent of the Year!
     
    Dr. Loden will compete for the national title and be recognized
    during AASA's National Conference on Education
    February 26-28, 2015 in San Diego.

     
    Be sure to join us during our Fall Leadership Conference
    as we honor Dr. Loden
     MASA Celebrates 29 years of honoring our Mississippi Superintendents!
    MASA's Superintendent of the Year Program is sponsored by Classworks. 
     
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  • Join us for the Fall MASA Leadership Conference
    October 19-21, 2014 at the Jackson Hilton, County Line Road 
     
    Pre-Conference Sessions $125.00 
    Sunday, April 19, 2014 
     
    Transportation Directors/Policy and Practice
    Human Resource Directors/Personnel and Teacher Misconduct
    Principals/MSTAR/MPES and Teacher Misconduct
    Superintendents/Financing through Tough Times
     
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Upcoming Events

AASA

  • Register now for the 2015 AASA National Conference on Education We look forward to celebrating AASA's 150th anniversary in San Diego with all of our superintendents and supporters. Register here:http://nce.aasa.org/register/

    If you are not a member, consider joining our association and becoming a part of our national network of school leaders: http://www.aasa.org/join.aspx.
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  • AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice Fall 2014
    http://www.aasa.org/uploadedFiles/Publications/Journals/AASA_Journal_of_Scholarship_and_Practice/JSP-Fall2014.FINAL.pdf
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  • AASA was pleased to join 12 other national education organizations to support Senator Harkin's IDEA Full Funding Act. The legislation would provide a glide path for full funding for IDEA by 2023 through a higher tax rates on millionaires. Read our letter of support here.

     


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  • AASA has partnered with the CoSN(Consortium for School Network) on the second annual Infrastructure Survey gathering data from school districts across the country.  Data from this survey gives valuable information in discussions with the Federal Communications Commission, the White House and Congress as they work to modernize the E-Rate program.

    Only one response per district is requested.  Take the survey at https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1776546/CoSN-2014-Infrastructure-Survey

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  • Dan Domenech

    Executive Director

    AASA, The School Superintendents Association

    An advocate’s work is never done. Take the FCC and the changes to the E-Rate. Last July, thanks to the many letters, phone calls and personal visits that many of you made, we were able to thwart what would have been some damaging long-term changes. But the work is not over. There are still details to be worked out and much education and clarification that needs to take place due to the new FCC order.

    Those of you in rural communities need to pay particular attention. I recently sent a letter to FCC Chairman Wheeler and to the other Commissioners regarding the FCC’s inquiry into the need to establish appropriate broadband speeds to meet the needs of schools, especially in rural areas as it relates to the use of Connect America Funds. We want our rural schools to have access to broadband connectivity that is comparable to that of our urban and suburban colleagues. As the use of digital devices by more and more of our students and faculty increases, thus placing greater demand on having the appropriate broadband, we do not want our rural students to be “left behind” by virtue of a digital gap.

    The FCC has set an expectation that eligible telecommunications carriers will offer broadband to rural schools “at rates that are reasonably comparable to offerings to (schools) in urban areas.” To the extent that the Connect America Fund continues to expand connectivity, it is vital that the FCC require CAF fund recipients to serve rural schools. That is significantly different from the current language that “urges” CAF recipients to confer with schools when planning network design of CAF-supported infrastructure. “Requiring” is a necessary step that complements the recent efforts to modernize the E-Rate program to better support the President’s ConnectED initiative in all of our schools. Those of you in rural areas are urged to contact your congressional representatives and have them communicate with the FCC commissioners the need to require, not urge.

    And while you’re at it, you should also mention how important the E-Rate has become to serving the needs of your students. It is a substantial source of support for technology in our schools, especially given the reduction in technology aid in the education budget. Realizing the President’s goal to have most of our schools connected will require additional funding. Lifting the E-Rate cap is out of the question prior to the November elections since it would be labeled as a tax increase. Nevertheless, the reality is that our schools will need the additional support. We will continue to advocate on your behalf.

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