Author

Josh Lapid

NASSP Recommendations for Implementing College and Career Ready Standards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2014

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

NASSP Releases Recommendations for
Successful Implementation of College and Career Ready Standards

Reston, VA–As the leading organization representing the nation’s secondary school principals, NASSP calls upon federal, state, and district policymakers to help principals in ensuring effective implementation of the new college and career ready standards required as a condition for receiving a flexibility waiver under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

“NASSP has long supported the adoption and successful implementation of college and career ready standards that are designed to prepare all students for success in postsecondary education and training,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “Strong school leadership is pivotal to creating a culture of high expectations for each student, but principals across the nation report concerns about the implementation of the new standards in their states and the inadequate training they have received to help them ensure that their teachers are able to change instructional practices.”

Success of the new standards is dependent upon well-thought-out and long-term implementation efforts in states and districts that set reasonable expectations for educators and build the capacity of school leaders and teachers to implement college and career ready standards and administer assessments aligned with those standards.

Federal, state, and district policymakers all play a role in ensuring these new standards are given the time and opportunity to be successful and better prepare all students for life after college.

The policy brief includes these highlighted recommendations, as well as a more comprehensive list.

Recommendations for Federal Policymakers:

  • Abandon the punitive provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and provide significant financial resources for states to implement college and career ready standards and the related assessments with fidelity.
  • Delay penalties and sanctions related to test scores on schools, principals, and teachers by two years to allow for a sufficient transition period.
  • Encourage states to eliminate outdated state assessments and provide incentives for them to participate in field tests of new college and career ready assessments.

Recommendations for State Policymakers:

  • Adopt a 5–10 year plan to appropriately implement the new, higher standards along with a plan to sustain the changes wrought by their adoption.
  • Eliminate outdated state assessments that are not aligned with college and career ready standards and collaborate with principals and teachers to field test new assessments and a process for perfecting them.
  • In collaboration with local education authorities, designed appropriately aligned curricula to meet college and career ready standards and provide funding for updated instructional material.

Recommendations for District Policymakers:

  • Focus principal training on instructional leadership to help school leaders become well-versed in college and career ready standards so they can coach their teaching staff on them.
  • Support ongoing professional development to build the capacity of all teachers to teach to the higher standards and provide students with the support they need to achieve them.
  • Assess and align all schools’ technology capacity to accommodate the required computer-based assessments and allow students to have multiple opportunities to practice with new hardware and software being state assessments are administered.

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About NASSP
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (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 36 countries around the world. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor SocietyNational Junior Honor SocietyNational Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.

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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

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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

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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

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National Principals Month is Finally Here!

Please join NASSP, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators in honoring our nation’s principals during National Principals Month! Throughout October, our organizations urge schools, states, and government officials to make a concerted effort to recognize the impact principals have on student achievement and school success. We also offer ideas to show appreciation for these tireless leaders.

There are countless ways to participate and show your support! Visit

www.principalsmonth.org

to get ideas on how to recognize principals and to see the

federal legislation

that has been introduced to honor school leaders. You can also check

#ThankAPrincipal

to see what others are doing or share why you love being a principal.

This Month’s Top Advocacy Issues

Congressional Leadership’s Latest Attempt to Repeal ACA Falls Short

In September, Senators Graham (R-SC) and Cassidy (R-LA) introduced a

new bill

that would repeal the Affordable Care Act. This legislation proposed dramatic cuts to the Medicaid program and would have prevented schools from providing comprehensive services for students. Almost 70 percent of school districts across the United States report using Medicaid to pay the salaries of school-based behavioral and mental health staff. Almost half of the districts use the funds to cover licensing and association fees; professional development and continuing education; technology; or for creation of innovative intervention programs. Ultimately, Senators McCain (R-AZ), Paul (R-KY), and Collins (R-ME) have come out in opposition to the bill, meaning that it will not be able to reach the 50 votes necessary to pass.

Congress’ Focus Shifts to Tax Reform

After the latest failed effort to repeal ACA, congressional leadership has turned its attention away from health care to focus on another of President Trump’s campaign promises. In late September, Republicans released their

new tax plan

. Many education organizations have voiced their concern over the plan due to its elimination of the state and local tax deduction (SALT). SALT offers potential tax breaks for individuals who pay for state and local taxes on real estate property, income, personal property, and sales. SALT offers “an incentive, in the form of lower federal taxes, for individuals to engage in activities that benefit education and the larger society,” according to a paper from the Center on Education Policy.

Twitter Talk

http://bit.ly/2yAXKJt

@educationweek

@RepSusanDavis

@RepGrijalvaCS

#ThankAPrincipal

http://bit.ly/2jlOz8F

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Collaborations

On October 3, the NASSP Advocacy Department participated in the Committee for Education Funding’s (CEF) Capitol Hill Day and Legislative Gala. The staff helped lead over 140 people onto Capitol Hill to advocate for more federal investments at all levels of education. For more information on CEF, its members, and its mission, please visit the official

CEF website

.

NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti Shares Her Thoughts on Meeting Secretary DeVos:

During NASSP’s Principal’s Institute, NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti and NASSP President Dan Kelley had a special private meeting with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Bartoletti and Kelley used this time to highlight issues facing today’s principals and offered suggestions as to how the Department of Education can aid school leaders moving forward. For more information on what was discussed, please read NASSP’s

School of Thought blog

.

Take Action

President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has plunged over 800,000 individuals, many of them students, into uncertainty over their future. Congress must now focus on how to right this wrong, which includes 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 via higher education, military service, or employment. Please participate in

NASSP’s latest action alert

and urge your representatives to support the DREAM Act.

In this Month’s

Principal Leadership

Principal Leadership magazine cover

This month’s Principal Leadership provides a deeper dive into some tools to help you make the most out of National Principals Month. This includes a look at the website’s social media toolkit, each organization’s action alert center, and a whole section dedicated to helping conduct successful principal shadowing visits.

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

School of Thought

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Gear Up for 2017’s National Principals Month!

Please join NASSP, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators in honoring our nation’s principals during National Principals Month! Throughout October, these organizations urge schools, states, and government officials to make a concerted effort to recognize the impact principals have on student achievement and school success, and show their appreciation for these tireless leaders.

There are countless ways for students, teachers, schools, and communities to participate and show their support! Not sure where to start? Visit www.principalsmonth.org to learn how to get involved or check #ThankAPrincipal to see what others have done in years past and share why you love being a principal.

This Month’s Top Advocacy Issues

Congress’ September To-Do List

Congress is currently in the middle of a very busy September, with many deadlines continuing to loom:

  • FY 2018 Budget and Debt Ceiling: Upon returning from recess, two of Congress’ most daunting tasks were passing a FY 2018 budget and raising the debt ceiling. However, in an unexpected turn of events, President Trump made a deal with congressional Democrats to link a debt ceiling increase, hurricane relief, and a FY 2018 budget extension into one bill. This budget extension will last until January 1, 2018, meaning Congress will have to come up for with a budget by then to prevent a government shutdown. This bill passed the House 316–90 and was then signed into law by President Trump.
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): CHIP provides coverage for children who are low-income but don’t qualify for Medicaid. Last year, 8.9 million children received insurance through CHIP. Authorization for CHIP ends on September 30 and it is believed that all states would exhaust their funds for the program in 2018.

Twitter Talk

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Collaborations

On August 29, NASSP partnered with several other national education organizations to host a Title II Day of Action. The day saw educators of all levels across the nation support professional development funds for teachers and school leaders. Overall, 479 participated on social media, and 757 messages were sent to Congress from NASSP members alone. NASSP wants to thank everyone who participated and urges you to keep the conversation going.

Take Action

Title II is dangerously close to losing funding altogether. It is crucial that you contact your representatives during this critical juncture to inform them that Title II is necessary for principals to help their students and their school. You can do this by participating in NASSP’s latest action alert.

In this Month’s
Principal Leadership

Principal Leadership magazine cover

As states continue to develop their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans, they are also drafting plans and suggestions on ways they can use Title II dollars to support teachers and principals. However, securing federal funding for Title II continues to be an uphill battle, with the possibility that funding for the program may be eliminated. This month’s “Advocacy Agenda” highlights how ESSA plans may use Title II funds and examines the current budget fight for Title II.

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.

NASSP Announces Date for the 2018 Advocacy Conference

Have you ever wondered how you can serve your students beyond your school walls? Let us show you how at the 2018 Advocacy Conference, March 19–21! At this conference, educators will have the chance to meet with their congressional representatives and staff to share the problems they face as school leaders. Best of all, registration for the conference is free! Registration is not yet available, but look out for updates.


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Participate in the Title II Day of Action!

School leaders need the ability to better themselves in order to drive student achievement. Title II of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) helps by providing $2.295 billion in federal funds to recruit, retain, and train high-quality educators. However, Title II saw a drastic $249 million reduction this year, with President Trump proposing to completely eliminate Title II funding in his FY 2018 budget request. This is not only dangerously shortsighted, but it would also severely disrupt many states’ ESSA implementation plans and hamper efforts to increase student achievement. In order to help protect these funds, NASSP has partnered with a number of other organizations to hold the first-ever Title II Day of Action. Please help NASSP in protecting Title II funds by contacting your members of Congress today and urging them to fund Title II at the ESSA-authorized level of $2.295 billion for FY 2018!

This Month’s Top Advocacy Issues

President Trump Releases His First Full Budget

President Trump released his full budget for FY 2018, with deep cuts for nondefense areas like education. ED’s breakdown of the budget reveals that the department would receive a $9 billion or 13 percent reduction from the 2017 continuing resolution level. A day later, the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, held a hearing with Secretary DeVos to allow her to elaborate on the president’s budget and to justify the proposed cuts. You can find details of how Trump’s budget would affect some of NASSP’s key programs here.

Perkins Reauthorization Bill Passes Through House Committee

Last month, Representatives Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) introduced the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, or H.R. 2353. This legislation would reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and update the bill to make it more applicable in today’s world. The bill is now on a fast track to reauthorize Perkins for the first time since 2006, as it was unanimously approved out of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. You can find more information about the bill here.

Twitter Talk

@nassp

 

See how your state is impacted by proposed #edfunding cuts in the Trump-DeVos #budget: http://ampr.gs/2mYCIgM .

@akarhuse

 

Justification of eliminating $ for Title II, Part A is that PD has limited impact on student achievement. What?! #edfunding #PD4Principals

@zachscott33

 

.@rosadelauro How can we expect our teachers and principals to succeed if we eliminate #TitleIIA?

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Attend the National Principals Conference!

The election of President Trump and his appointment of Secretary DeVos have drastically altered the education sector. To help you better understand the new policies of this administration, as part of the 2017 National Principals Conference, NASSP and NAESP will host a panel with thought leaders and policymakers to discuss emerging issues in education reform at the national level. Topics will include the school choice movement, questions about the federal role in education, a looming educator shortage crisis, and state implementation of ESSA.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to hear directly from experts on the policies that will have major implications for your school and students. The 2017 National Principals Conference is July 9–11 in Philadelphia, PA. Time is running out, so register for the conference now!

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Be Sure to Register for #NPC17!

Do you want to be part of the largest gathering of elementary and secondary school principals in the nation? Then join us for the first-ever joint National Principals Conference being hosted by NASSP and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) July 9–11 in Philadelphia.

The conference will offer principals ways to further their professional development and find solutions to problems facing their schools. Attendees can network with peers from across the nation, participate in sessions that highlight problems facing today’s students and educators, and learn from exhibitions that examine new ways principals can serve their students. Don’t miss out on this opportunity—register now!

This Month’s Top Advocacy Issues

Important Hires at the U.S. Department of Education (ED)

After months of waiting, some of the most important positions at ED have been filled. These recent hiring decisions lend some hope that Secretary DeVos may be ready to move forward with staffing crucial positions at ED, which has been severely understaffed since the beginning of this year. Hopefully, these hires will lead to other positions being filled so the department can effectively perform its mission to serve the nation’s students and educators. NASSP will continue to monitor this situation and will highlight future staffing changes.

NASSP’s 2017 Advocacy Conference

Last month, NASSP hosted its 2017 Advocacy Conference. Over 130 principals attended the conference, where they were able to attend panels focusing on school choice and higher education, hear and provide feedback directly to ED officials, and receive in-depth training on how to advocate at all levels of government. The conference concluded with attendees visiting their federal representatives on Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of career and technical education programs, Title II funding, and a variety of other issues. For more information on the conference, visit Twitter and search for #PrincipalsAdvocate.

Federal Budget Passed

Earlier this month, the House and Senate passed an omnibus bill, which set funding numbers through September 2017. The $1.1 trillion bill would cut funding at ED for K–12 issues by $60 million from FY 2016, bringing that number to $71.6 billion. This includes cuts for some of the programs that are highly valued by principals, most notably Title II. Unfortunately, Title II grants for educator development would be cut by $294 million, bringing these programs down to $2.1 billion for the rest of FY 2017. Go here for a more detailed breakdown of the budget.

Twitter Talk

@nassp Encourage your students to sign up for the NASSP Virtual College Fair May 25. All students are welcome to attend! http://nasspvirtualcollegefair.com/
@akarhuse RT @NASSP: A big thanks to @SenatorEnzi @SenatorCarper @SenDeanHeller @SenMarkey for introducing the #APWeek17 resolution in the Senate!
@zachscott33 Great day to hit the hill! #principalsadvocate

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Take Action

As the September deadline to submit ESSA plans approaches, NASSP encourages you to take the time to review your state’s plan and comment on how it will affect you and your students.

Need help figuring out the most important pieces of ESSA? Use NASSP’s ESSA Toolkit to gain a better understanding of the bill and its programs.

 

In this Month’s Principal Leadership

Principal Leadership magazine cover

This month’s issue of Principal Leadership examines the current school choice movement and the detrimental effect these policies will have on public schools.

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.

 

Help Form NASSP’s Newest Position Statement

Every year, the NASSP Board of Directors takes positions on various education issues that concern principals and students. These position statements reflect NASSP’s values in relation to a particular issue and include recommendations for school leaders and policymakers. Now is your chance to share the issues you believe warrant official positions from NASSP. Please email your ideas to Amanda Karhuse for further consideration.


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FGN News: April 2017

Taking Comments on Teacher Shortage Position Statement

One of the most difficult tasks principals face is staffing schools with effective teachers and, unfortunately, recent reports point to a growing teacher shortage nationwide. NASSP has released a new Teacher Shortage Position Statement to address this issue and provide recommendations for policymakers and school leaders to find new solutions.

The NASSP Board of Directors recently stated its intent to adopt the position statement and the 30-day public comment period is now open. If you would like to send a comment or recommendation about this statement, please contact Amanda Karhuse, NASSP Director of Advocacy, at karhusea@nassp.org by Friday, April 28.

This Month’s Top Advocacy Issues

President Trump Releases His First Budget

On March 16, President Trump released his “skinny budget,” an outline of his future funding priorities. This budget has drastic and dangerous cuts that could harm educators and students. It would completely eliminate funds for Title II, Part A of ESSA, which provides states flexible funds to improve teacher and principal quality. Trump is also promoting school choice in his budget by attempting to make Title I funds portable. NASSP remains concerned with his lack of support for public schools and their educators, and will continue to fight to ensure all students have a chance to succeed.

Trump Administration Eliminates ESSA Accountability Regulations

Many states have been working diligently on their ESSA state plans and are on pace to send them to the Department of Education (ED) before they’re due in September. Despite so many plans being so far along, the Trump administration recently eliminated the template that states were using to develop their plans. On March 29, Trump signed a bill overturning the state plan guidance put in place by the Obama administration. Many states are now questioning just how ED will grade their plans and what the best avenues for them to proceed are.

NASSP Board of Directors Visits Capitol Hill

The NASSP Board of Directors visited Washington, D.C., last month for their quarterly board meeting and joined the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) at their National Leaders Conference. The board participated in the advocacy training portion of the conference and then joined elementary school principals from their state to visit their congressional representatives on Capitol Hill. Many had successful meetings, with their members discussing an array of issues, including funding for ESSA programs, as well as reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Act and the Higher Education Act. To learn more about the meetings, check Twitter for the hashtag #PrincipalsAdvocate.

Twitter Talk

@akarhuse President Trump is requesting Title II $ to be cut in half in FY 2017. Principals, we need your voice! #PrincipalsAdvocate #PD4Principals
@zachscott33 The real life implications of Trump’s budget: http://ampr.gs/2mYCIgM. Contact Congress to save Title II! Action Alert.
@nassp Together with @NAESP ready to meet with senators and representatives today! #PrincipalsAdvocate

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Collaborations

In light of President Trump’s recent attack on Title II funds, NASSP has collaborated with NAESP, the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Learning Forward, and New Leaders, to send a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate appropriations committees. This letter points out the important role that Title II funds serve in aiding our nation’s educators as they strive for student success. NASSP would also like to thank all of the other national and state organizations that agreed to sign onto the letter.

Take Action

While President Trump’s recent budget turns its back on educators by seeking to eliminate funding for Title II, Part A of ESSA, Congress still has the ability to fully fund it. Take a stand with NASSP and participate in our newest action alert asking Congress to fully fund Title II, Part A at the levels authorized under ESSA.

In this Month’s Principal Leadership

Principal Leadership magazine cover

The Advocacy Agenda column in this month’s issue of Principal Leadership features a look at the nationwide principal and teacher shortage. The piece notes the importance of promoting these professions so future generations will pursue these occupations.

All FGN members are invited to write a guest article for Principal Leadership or post for the School of Thought blog—just email Manager of Advocacy Zachary Scott with your idea. You can also subscribe to the blog to receive an email notification whenever a new post is published.

2017 National Principals Conference

Please join us and be a part of the first-ever joint conference for Pre-K through grade 12 school leaders, July 9–11. Taking place in Philadelphia, the National Principals Conference will offer educators the opportunity to come together and find new solutions to problems all school leaders face. Register today!

FGN News: March 2017

Your Chance to Speak with Congress!

The deadline to register for the 2017 NASSP Advocacy Conference is just around the corner. Register by Monday, March 13, to be part of the conference in Washington, D.C., April 24-26. Programming includes sessions on the Trump administration’s education agenda and the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act; federal advocacy training; a debate on school choice; meeting with your representatives in Congress; and more! There is no registration fee to attend, but travel and lodging expenses may be required.

Please contact Zachary Scott with any questions.

This Month’s Top Advocacy Issues

Betsy DeVos Confirmed as the Secretary of Education

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, in her first statement as secretary, vowed to work on improving education for all students. Her confirmation comes after a historic tie in the Senate, broken for the first time by a vice president. Although NASSP opposed the confirmation of DeVos, we stand ready to work with the secretary and other ED officials to improve public education by ensuring there are great leaders in every school committed to the success of each student.

Trump Administration Eliminates Obama Transgender Directive

Despite concern from Secretary DeVos, the Trump administration recently removed the transgender rights guidance under Title IX instituted by President Obama. This directive sought to protect the right of transgender students to use the bathroom or locker room that aligns with his or her gender identity. In rescinding this directive, President Trump stated that these decisions should be made by each state. NASSP firmly believes in the importance of protecting and supporting all transgender students and strongly disagrees with rescinding this necessary piece of federal protection. Read NASSP’s statement on this action here.

Trump Administration Considering a New Federal Tax Credit Scholarship Program

Reports have begun to surface that President Trump is considering a new federal tax credit scholarship program, or “vocher” program. It would channel billions of dollars to families for children to attend a school of their parents’ choice. Not much is known about the policy yet, but it could cost as much as $20 billion, the amount Trump promised during his campaign. A program such as this may be included as part of a larger tax reform bill, which could pass through the reconciliation process. Reconciliation bills require only a simple majority in both chambers to be approved, improving the likelihood of such a program becoming enacted.

Twitter Talk

@akarhuse Chicago Public Schools (CPS) tells principals not to allow immigration officials in schools without warrant: http://trib.in/2lwoX9T
@zachscott33 A big thanks to .@RepBlainePress for taking time to meet the Student Leadership Advisory Committee on #moreTitleIV and #MakingGlobalChange
@nassp “It’s disheartening that Trump admin’s 1st ed action designed to make students less safe.” @USATODAY @HRC #LGBT: http://usat.ly/2mXwQSS

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

NASSP @nassp
Amanda Karhuse @akarhuse
Zachary Scott @zachscott33

Take Action

Many Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans will be rendered ineffective if the federal government does not appropriate the necessary funds to implement ESSA correctly.

NASSP currently has two action alerts that highlight portions of ESSA that greatly benefit principals, students, and schools. Contact your congressional representatives and remind them that federal dollars are necessary for positive change!

In this Month’s Principal Leadership

Principal Leadership magazine cover

This month’s issue of Principal Leadership features a closer look at some of the key congressional players and their roles in shaping education policy during the 115th Congress.

All FGN members are invited to write a guest article for Principal Leadership or post for the School of Thought blog—just email Manager of Advocacy Zachary Scott with your idea. You can also subscribe to the blog to receive an email notification whenever a new post is published.

2017 National Principals Conference

Come be a part of the first-ever gathering of Pre-K through grade 12 school leaders, July 9-11. Taking place in Philadelphia, the National Principals Conference will offer educators an unprecedented opportunity to come together and build bridges to fully prepare students for success in school and beyond. Registration is now open.

FGN News: February 2017

Help Advocate for Your School!

Please join us April 24–26 for the 2017 NASSP Advocacy Conference. This conference brings together state leaders to advocate on behalf of the nation’s school principals. Having these leaders converge on Congress and speak in a unified voice delivers a powerful message to legislators that effective principals are vital to student success.

The program consists of panel discussions with representatives from other national education associations, congressional staff, and officials from the Department of Education (ED); a briefing on the latest news in Congress and NASSP’s legislative agenda; and a day on Capitol Hill attending meetings with principals’ respective members of Congress and their staff.

Please contact Zachary Scott with any questions.

This Month’s Top Advocacy Issues

Aftermath of Betsy DeVos’ Senate HELP Hearing

On January 17, Betsy DeVos went before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee to be questioned on potentially becoming the next secretary of education. The hearing highlighted a number of concerns that Democrats have had with DeVos. She often provided vague responses with no real answers and struggled on many important education policies. This included her lack of understanding over the growth-proficiency dichotomy, ignorance of the federal government’s role in enforcing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and insensitive remarks toward allowing guns in schools.

DeVos’ hearing and her lack of support for public education prove that she is incapable of serving in a capacity that will aid all students and educators. For this reason, NASSP opposes her confirmation and asks that all of its members contact their elected officials to inform them of their opposition as well.

Twitter Talk

@akarhuse After a question from Sen. @PattyMurray, #BetsyDeVos would not commit to protecting federal funding for PUBLIC schools. #vouchers
@dnchodak Let’s not forget that several Title I portability amendments failed throughout the #ESSA reauthorization process. #3Options4Choice
@zachscott33 .@BetsyDeVos plans to adhere to the current timetable to implement #ESSA
@nassp Sec. of Educ. nom. DeVos won’t commit to not privatizing our public schools: http://bit.ly/2jxkG4c . #NSCW

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

NASSP @nassp
Amanda Karhuse @akarhuse
Zachary Scott @zachscott33

#PrincipalsatED Event

Last month, then-Secretary of Education John King hosted a group of principals at ED for a special “Principals at ED” event. This event allowed principals the opportunity to collaborate on finding solutions for school leaders’ problems. It concluded with a meeting with Secretary King himself, where he was able to hear how the federal government can help today’s principals.

2017 National Principals Conference

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a part of the largest convergence of both elementary and secondary school principals in the nation on July 9–11. Taking place in Philadelphia, the National Principals Conference will offer educators the opportunity to come together and find new solutions to problems all school leaders face. Registration is now open.

Take Action

Funding for FY 2017 currently expires on April 28. Congress has already begun discussions to determine what the next steps are for the federal budget. Don’t let principals be forgotten in these negotiations. Participate in NASSP’s recent action alert, which calls for funding for a portion of ESSA that can directly aid school leaders.

In this Month’s Principal Leadership

Principal Leadership magazine cover

This month’s issue of Principal Leadership features a look at the current state of America’s schools and their infrastructure, finding that many schools are in dire need of upgrades. It also highlights NASSP’s newest position statement on school facilities.

All FGN members are invited to write a guest article for Principal Leadership or post for the School of Thought blog—just email Manager of Advocacy Zachary Scott with your idea. You can also subscribe to the blog to receive an email notification whenever a new post is published.