FGN News: November 2017

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2018 Advocacy Conference

Curious how you can make a difference outside of your school walls? Come join us for the 2018 NASSP Advocacy Conference and learn how to be an effective advocate not just for your school, but for all education stakeholders. You’ll then get to test out your new skills firsthand by meeting with your congressional representatives on Capitol Hill. The conference is free to attend, so don’t miss your chance and

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This Month’s Top Advocacy Issues

Congress Prepares for Tax Reform

In late October, the House and Senate both passed a symbolic budget bill that lays the groundwork for tax reform. The most important part of the budget is that it sets forth rules for reconciliation. Reconciliation is a tactic that can be used in the Senate to pass a bill with a simple majority rather than by reaching the typical 60-vote threshold. Republican leadership is planning on using reconciliation to help pass tax reform. Many education organizations have voiced concern over this proposed tax plan due to its elimination of the state and local tax deduction (SALT). SALT offers potential tax breaks for individuals that pay for state and local taxes on real estate property, income, personal property, and sales, thus offering incentives for individuals to engage in activities that benefit education.

Budget Talks Begin to Heat Up

Congress is one month away from having its budget expire. In September, Congress passed a short-term continuing resolution that funded the government through December 8. One of the most important programs to keep an eye on is Title II of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Title II provides professional development funds for educators. President Trump and the House both proposed budgets that would eliminate these funds. The Senate’s budget would keep the funding level at $2.1 billion. Please

contact your members of Congress

and urge them to keep Title II funding for FY 18.

Twitter Talk

#TitleIIA

#ESSA

#ThankAPrincipal

#TitleIIA

#PD4Principals

#DreamActNow

For more advocacy tweets, join us on social media by following NASSP and the advocacy staff on Twitter:

 

@nassp

 

@akarhuse

 

@zachscott33

Collaborations

In honor of National Principals Month, on October 24 NASSP partnered with the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) to host a

special event on Capitol Hill

. The event brought current and former principals together to discuss how state ESSA plans are going to use Title II funds to better support school leaders, and what those leaders will do with those dollars.

You can view a recording of the event here.

Take Action

Earlier this year, the Trump administration made the decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This decision has thrust countless individuals, many of them students, into uncertainty over their futures. Please join NASSP in calling on Congress to fix this issue by passing the DREAM Act of 2017. The DREAM Act implements a permanent legislative solution for DACA recipients by providing them with a pathway to citizenship.

Contact your representatives

and urge them to pass the DREAM Act.

In this Month’s

Principal Leadership

Principal Leadership magazine cover

This month’s Principal Leadership features an article by Lindsay E. Jones, vice president and chief policy and advocacy officer of the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Lindsay examines how professional development can help principals support students with disabilities, as well as how parents can play a pivotal role in aiding principals in this cause.

All FGN members are invited to write a guest article for Principal Leadership or blog post for

School of Thought

. Just email Manager of Advocacy Zachary Scott with your idea.


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