Reston, VA—Today, Congress announced that in the upcoming budget reconciliation bill, $198 million will be specifically allocated for School Leader Recruitment and Support. These funds will provide grants to improve the recruitment, preparation, placement, support, and retention of effective principals or other school leaders in high-needs schools nationwide.

“School Leaders across the country are facing unprecedented levels of burnout and pressure. Educator and administrator shortages are negatively impacting our school communities as we work to provide high quality education to our students,” said NASSP CEO Ronn Nozoe. “This provision, specifically targeting school leadership growth, is a huge step forward in investing in the future of our education system and students.”

NASSP urges the full House and Senate to pass these provisions, and President Biden to sign the bill into law. The full funding of this program will not only lead to increased numbers of prepared, confident, and effective school leaders—it will also improve outcomes in high-needs schools and ensure educational equity.



The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of middle level and high school principals and other school leaders across the United States. NASSP seeks to transform education through school leadership, recognizing that the fulfillment of each student’s potential relies on great leaders in every school committed to the success of each student. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor SocietyNational Junior Honor SocietyNational Elementary Honor Society, and National Student Council.