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Statement from Deborah Delisle, President and CEO of the Alliance for Excellent Education, on the Outcome of the 2020 Election

For Release: November 9, 2020

Contact: Dorie Turner Nolt, 404.861.1127,

Washington, DC—“The American people have sent a clear message: it’s time for new leadership in the White House. We look forward to hearing more from President-elect Biden about his plans to provide much-needed and immediate relief to the schools and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including passing key legislation that would ensure every family has access to high-speed home internet and devices for virtual learning and give districts resources to address learning loss and accelerate students’ academic progress. We need a plan to improve public education that corrects historical and long-standing inequities. For four years, educational equity and civil rights protections have been intentionally eroded, and we look forward to swift action from the new administration on policies that ensure that every student—no matter his or her race, religion, background, or ZIP code—can thrive. This is a time for real leadership from the new administration to help our country heal from the devastation of this pandemic and of the last four years of active dismantling of public education.”


Deborah S. Delisle is the president and CEO of the Alliance for Excellent Education and served as the U.S. assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education from 2012 to 2015.

The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) is a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those underperforming and those historically underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship.