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In what New York Times education correspondent Erica Green called a “mic drop moment,” School Superintendents Association (AASA) executive director Dan Domenech said academic achievement n That’s not what keeps educators awake at night.
“Low test scores won’t kill a child. A bullet will,” Domenech said Monday at a panel hosted by the Education Writers Association.
The Twitter comment called out Domenech’s comments as downplaying the importance of academic achievement in schools.
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“We need to stop telling black and brown kids that test results don’t matter when we know they do,” tweeted Janice Jackson, CEO of Hope Chicago. “We may wonder if that should be the case, but right now it is. It is literally killing them. Education is tied to every quality of life indicator. Infuriating and wrong!”
“So teachers don’t care about education, just events that are statistically incredibly unlikely?” Bethany Mandel, author and mother of five, tweeted.
“Keep telling parents academic achievement doesn’t matter and think it’s a mic drop,” Rory Cooper tweeted. “After two years, it’s amazing how little thought and awareness these people still have.”
“This is very telling – another powerful ad for school choice,” said Fox News contributor Guy Benson.
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Associate Executive Director of Advocacy and Governance at AASA, Noelle Ellerson Ng, told Fox News Digital that academic achievement is important, but not the only thing that matters.
“Academic success matters,” she said, but noted that gun violence in schools is a “constant and persistent threat.”
“A bad test result won’t kill a child. A bullet will,” she reiterated.
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According to a statement on school safetyAASA recommends that school districts implement several safety programs and procedures to keep students safe, and also recommends that Congress take several steps to improve school safety and enact gun safety legislation .
Among the AASA’s recommendations to school districts are the establishment of individual school and district-wide safety plans, the conduct of audits to evaluate and analyze the effectiveness of these plans, training school employees on district school emergency management systems and protocols and building partnerships between schools. , law enforcement and community organizations.
AASA also recommends that Congress increase funding for several programs, including Title IV of the Every Student Succeeds Act and the STOP School Violence Act grants, and called on Congress to support federal funding for research on the root causes of gun violence and to increase funding for mental health. school health advisers.
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The AASA also supports gun safety legislation that would ban “the sale, import, transfer and possession of assault weapons”, require thorough background checks for all weapon purchases. firearms, prevent “those convicted of violent crimes” and “people with mental health issues” from buying or owning firearms, and “punish irresponsible gun owners”.