NASSP News

NASSP Responds to Federal Commission on School Safety Report

In 2018, the Federal Commission on School Safety released its final report following a 10-month investigation to examine what could be done to better protect schools. NASSP condemned some of the report’s most controversial aspects, including the recommendation that schools and districts be allowed to arm teachers and other personnel—a position opposed by the vast majority of educators, parents, and students the group represents. The report also rescinded the Obama administration’s guidance aimed at reducing disproportionate discipline toward minority students. “Without the force of law, the guidance could quietly persist to exercise persuasive influence and provide principals cover as they do the right thing, often against strong political headwinds. By proposing to rescind the guidance, this administration only intensifies the headwind, sending a clear and dismissive message to our most vulnerable students,” says NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. Read the full report at www.nassp.org/prschoolsafety.

Celebrate Assistant Principals April 8–12

Honor the contributions of assistant principals and recognize the pivotal role they play in student success during National Assistant Principals Week next month. Established by NASSP, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators, AP Week allows students, teachers, parents, and school leaders the opportunity to celebrate what assistant principals mean to their schools and communities. The 2019 National Assistant Principal of the Year award will also be announced, so mark your calendar for April 8–12. Send e-cards, join Twitter conversations with #APchat, and get ideas for celebrating AP Week at your school by visiting www.nassp.org/apweek.

Final Days to Register for LEAD Chicago

LEAD Chicago (March 22–24) is right around the corner! Make a positive, long-lasting impact on your school’s culture with leadership development for your advisers and student leaders. LEAD Conferences offer experiential leadership skills development to students and advisers of the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, and National Student Council. Advisers and students will network with their peers from around the country and will benefit from training opportunities encompassing leadership, student voice, civic engagement, service, and activities. Share this information with your advisers and encourage them to register by the March 21 deadline at www.leadconferences.org/chicago.