After 350 school leaders from across the country visited their legislators on Capitol Hill as part of NASSP’s Advocacy Conference earlier this month, local news outlets took note. Here are six stories that recount these visits, in which school leaders discussed the need to strengthen the educator pipeline, support student and educator mental health, and fund school infrastructure. Since their efforts, Congress passed the FY 2022 appropriations bill with increased funding for education. It was signed into law on Monday.

  1. Oregon school leaders ask legislators to address student mental health needs and the educator shortage
Members of the Coalition of Oregon School Administrators recently met with lawmakers in Washington, D.C. Pictured are: Ryan Gerry, left, principal of Grant-Union High School, Rep. Kurt Schrader, and Majalise Tolan, secondary director for the Lincoln County School District.

2. California principal discusses issues facing educators after meeting with members of Congress

Indio High School Principal reflects on meeting with lawmakers to address teacher shortage and mental health within students

3. Indiana superintendent meets with members of Congress after attending Principals Recovery Network meeting

Northeastern Wayne Schools Superintendent Matthew Hicks (right) stands with Rep. Trey Hollingsworrth (left) during Hicks’ visit to Washington, D.C. in late February 2022.

4. School leaders from Texas share stories and ask Congress for support

Pictured, from left to right, is Gilbert Galvan, Principal, Veterans Memorial Academy; Tim Lambert, Principal, Texarkana ISD Texas Middle School; and Dr. Billy Pringle, TASSP Associate Executive Director. (Submitted photo

5. Oklahoma’s Chris LeGrande named NASSP Advocacy Champion of the Year

2022 NASSP Advocacy Champion Chris LeGrande

6. Alabama principal discusses education issues with representatives

Cullman High School Principal Kim Hall meets with U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt.

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