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AASA Seeks Input on ESSA Supplement vs. Supplant

10.25.2016 — AASA is asking superintendents to weigh in on the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed rules on supplement vs. supplant as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Comments are due to the Department by November 7.


The following email from AASA includes background information and talking points to make providing input easy:




Good afternoon AASA members,

Now is the time for action. Very sincerely, if there is ONE thing you weigh in on for federal education advocacy this month, we would ask you to submit comments in response to the U.S. Education Department’s (USED) proposed regulation on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Title I Supplement/Supplant (SNS) provisions. We have summary information, slide presentations and support documentation, much of it embedded in the details below. We are available on phone and email to support your advocacy in this effort. Please feel free to reach out.

Our advocacy team has been very engaged on this topic, and the best bet we have for ensuring that the final rule is an improvement over the very flawed initial proposal is to inundate USED with feedback from the field. That is where you come in!

WHO: YOU! AASA members!
WHAT: Please submit comments in response to USED’s latest regulation.
HOW: Follow the step-by-step process in this email, including a template response you can personalize by inserting details specific to your district and your district letterhead/logo. You can access this call to action (for your use or for sharing with colleagues) on the AASA Leading Edge Blog.
WHEN: ALL comments are must be filed no later than November 7. Our team can file comments for you, but we must receive those no later than COB on November 1.

How to File Comments with the US Education Department (USED)


  • Draft your response comments. You can create your own comments or work from AASA’s template letter.
  • Go to
  • Click ‘Comment Now’ (the blue box in the upper right hand corner) and you will be taken to an online submittal form.
  • In the ‘Comment Box’ type something like “I submit the attached comments in response to USED’s proposed regulation on the supplement/supplant provision within Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act.”
  • Upload your file (attach your comments).
  • Enter your name in the text boxes and select your title/organization in the ‘Category’ drop down box. Please note that there is a ‘school administrator’ option.
  • Click ‘Continue’ and you will be taken to a new screen.
  • Review your submission, check the box indicating that your submission may be shared, and then click ‘submit comment.’
  • If you are pressed for time or need help submitting the comments, I can submit them on your behalf. Please email me your final comments ( no later than November 1, with the subject line “Please file ESSA comments.”

Share Your Letter with Your Congressional Delegation: Contact a member of the advocacy team with any questions about who to contact when you share your USED ESSA comments with the Capitol Hill.

Looking for related content?

AASA’s ESSA Resource Library
Review of Legal Standing for Proposed Regulations to Supplement/Supplant
AASA Webinar on Supplement/Supplant proposal
Summary of USED proposal

Thank you for anything you can do to submit comments and weigh in with USED.

Noelle M. Ellerson
Associate Executive Director, Policy & Advocacy
AASA, The School Superintendents Association
1615 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(c) 703-774-6935
Twitter: @Noellerson