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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2011

Contact:
Bob Farrace, NASSP
703-860-7257
farraceb@nassp.org

NASSP URGES SUPPORT FOR AMERICAN JOBS ACT

Reston, VA - NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti issued the following statement on President Obama's introduction of the American Jobs Act:

"President Obama this morning announced his plan to send the American Jobs Act to Congress. NASSP strongly endorses the president's call for investing in our children by funding more teachers and school modernization, for which the Act provides.

"The need is indeed great, as states are facing the depletion of ARRA funds and still suffering the effects of the recession. The results are real and dire: The Council of Economic advisers projects that states will have to lay off 280,000 teachers during the next school year and crumbling facilities are strained by a $270 billion backlog in repairs and maintenance. The advent of online testing that will accompany the Common Core State Standards adoption intensifies an already urgent need for schools to modernize facilities to prepare students for 21st century work and life.

"This bill is about all of us. It's not about supporting an ideology or institution, but supporting our children--those who will be our caretakers and leaders in the next generation--with educators and facilities that will empower them to thrive.

"To underscore our support, NASSP was proud to recommend two member principals, Virginia Minshew of Park View High School in Sterling, VA (a 2010 MetLife Foundation-NASSP Breakthrough School), and Jane Spence of Bowie High School in Bowie, MD, to join the president in the Rose Garden for his address. Their presence is front-line testimony that the support outlined in the American Jobs Act matters to schools. We encourage all school leaders to add their voices to these principals' and use the Principal's Legislative Action Center to encourage their members of Congress to support the American Jobs Act.

"School leaders on Twitter can also visit www.TweetCongress.org to send a quick message to elected officials. First, find your members of Congress by zip code or name, them send a message in 140 characters or less, like:

@Jim_Moran From Falls Church. Pls support the #JobsAct 2 preserve teacher jobs and modernize schools 4 our kids. http://ow.ly/6s5pQ

"Whether by e-mail, tweet, or good ol' fashioned phone call, be sure your members of Congress know that your students need their support!"

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About NASSP
NASSP is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world. The association provides research-based professional development and resources, networking, and advocacy to build the capacity of middle level and high school leaders to continually improve student performance. Reflecting its longstanding commitment to student leadership development as well, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.