Policy & Advocacy Center Newsletter: July 2018

NPC18 Starts Today! The 2018 National Principals Conference is officially underway in Chicago, and hundreds of school leaders from around the country are discussing some of the most pressing education issues facing our nation. Featured sessions include:
  • “Empowering Students to be Active Citizens,” with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Principal Ty Thompson
  • “Education and the Path to One Nation, Indivisible,” an expert discussion on civil rights and equity in education
  • “The State of American Education,” a crossfire-style debate between two national education policy thought leaders, moderated by former PBS News Hour education correspondent John Merrow
Click here to view all of the advocacy and policy sessions taking place at NPC18 this year, and follow NASSP on Facebook for livestreams of select sessions.

This Month’s Top Advocacy Issues

House and Senate Move Forward With Labor-HHS-Ed Appropriations Bills Earlier this year, congressional leaders in both the House and Senate stated their intent to pass all 12 appropriations bills to avoid another end-of-year budget package—a process often referred to as “regular order,” which hasn’t been done since 1996. In late June, House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-Ed) both released their spending bills. Both bills have positive allocations for some of NASSP’s top priorities. Title II of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was flat funded in both the House and Senate bills at $2.1 billion—a promising result after the House bill sought to eliminate the program completely in FY 2018, and President Trump has called for the program’s elimination in both his FY 2018 and FY 2019 budgets. Another key program for NASSP is Title IV of ESSA, which sees different increases in both bills. Title IV would see a $100 million increase in the House bill and a $125 million increase in the Senate bill. For a more detailed breakdown of the budget allocations in each bill, please visit our latest Advocacy Update. Currently, the Senate bill is awaiting a floor vote, while the House bill needs to be marked up in the Appropriations Committee. Stay tuned to the NASSP Policy & Advocacy Center for future updates.

Take Action

Join the attendees at NPC18 in advocating to members of Congress and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for public education and school safety priorities. Click here to make your voice heard and tell your officials that essential programs like Title II and Title IV of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) must be fully funded, and real solutions for school safety must be prioritized in 2019.

Collaborations

NASSP joined other co-authoring and 100-plus endorsing organizations and individuals in releasing new supplemental materials to the 2013 Framework for Safe and Successful Schools. This national education coalition also continues to advocate for the Department of Education’s School Safety Commission to incorporate the Framework’s guidance and expertise into any actions the administration plans to take on school violence.

Twitter Talk

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