For Immediate Release
Bob Farrace, NASSP, 703-860-7257
NASSP strongly endorses the selection of Kevin Jennings as deputy assistant secretary for safe and drug-free schools. NASSP Executive Director Gerald N. Tirozzi issued the following statement:
School leaders know that no school can be effective unless students feel safe, known, and cared for. Kevin Jennings has dedicated his career to promoting such a school climate and fighting tirelessly against bigotry and hatred in U.S. schools. Kevin's forward-thinking advocacy of antibullying policies has earned him the respect of principals across the nation and, notably, prompted NASSP to award Kevin our Distinguished Service Award in 2007 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to equity in education. While Kevin’s accomplishments have long since extended beyond the walls of his first classroom in 1985, Kevin is, first and foremost, a great educator who cares deeply about every student. His leadership abilities, deep understanding of K-12 education, and his ability to build coalitions and get things done make him superbly qualified to lead the U.S. Department of Education's safe and drug-free schools efforts, and we look forward to working with Kevin in his new capacity.
NASSP is the preeminent organization and the national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders. NASSP provides its members with the professional resources to serve as visionary leaders. NASSP promotes the intellectual growth, academic achievement, character development, leadership development, and physical well being of youth through its programs and student leadership services. NASSP administers the National Honor Society™, National Junior Honor Society™, National Elementary Honor Society™ and National Association of Student Councils™.