End of the Year Blog: Budget Deal and COVID-19 Relief Passed at the 11th Hour

It has been a long time coming, but congressional leaders and the White House were able to agree on a massive legislative package that included all the FY 2021 appropriations bills and a $900 billion COVID-19 relief proposal. Passed by Congress and signed by President Trump on Monday, December 21, the bill contains desperately needed […]

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NASSP Works With Congress to Curb Educator Job Loss

As the dust from the election continues to settle, many in Congress have begun to turn their attention back to addressing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on schools. There is renewed hope for a new COVID-19 relief package following Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) recent call for legislation to be passed before […]

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NASSP Presents DonorsChoose Grants for Exceptional NPM ‘Shadowing Visits’ With Lawmakers

Every year during National Principals Month (NPM), NASSP encourages principals to host “shadowing visits” with members of Congress, state and local elected officials, and other community leaders. Shadowing visits are a key part of our advocacy strategy for one simple reason: they work. We’ve seen time and again the transformative impact that getting a lawmaker […]

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The Principal’s Best Protection Against Liability

As the school year gets underway, districts everywhere are grappling with how to ensure safety as they consider strategies and approaches for in-person instruction. One topic that has arisen to complicate reopening plans is whether schools can be held liable if students or staff are infected. There is currently no federal policy in place to […]

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Getting Students Engaged Through Voter Registration

Today is National Voter Registration Day, and it is critical that we as principals support voter registration efforts in the school as we are preparing the next generation of the workforce and electorate. President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated that “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real […]

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A Busy July for Congress

Following the July 4 recess, Congress returns with a laundry list of bills and policies to complete prior to August—and a limited amount of time in which to do it. As of now, there have been no indications from either chamber that Congress is planning to eliminate August recess, so the time crunch to complete […]

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What the Pandemic Means for Summer Learning—And How Policymakers Can Help

RAND’s Catherine Augustine discusses a new report on the summer learning policy landscape and what lies ahead for summer programs This article first appeared on The Wallace Foundation’s blog. It has been republished with permission. This is a challenging and uncertain time for everyone. Schools are beginning to adapt to the realities of the current […]

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NASSP Plays Pivotal Role in First Steps to Secure COVID-19 Response Funding for Schools

As schools across the country are forced to prolong closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), educators and districts need resources as they continue to find ways to serve their students. Fortunately, schools should soon see some additional federal dollars to help them navigate these uncharted waters. Congress recently introduced a third COVID-19 supplemental package, S. […]

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Principal Recovery Network Briefs Congress on Capitol Hill

Last week, the NASSP Principal Recovery Network (PRN) hosted their first-ever public event, speaking directly to members of Congress and their staffs at a briefing event on Capitol Hill. School leaders shared emotional stories about the tragic shootings that unfolded in their buildings. They inspired attendees as they described the heroism displayed by students, educators, […]

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