Reston, VA — Today the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) responded to U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona’s outline of education priorities.

“School and student leaders support the core of this vision and are excited to work with Secretary Cardona to see it through,” said NASSP CEO Ronn Nozoe. “But our school leaders continue to burn the candle at both ends, and without immediate action to address their staffing shortages and concerns about teacher and student wellness and well-being, it will be extremely challenging to make sure these proposals actually provide the real support our communities need and deserve. This means significantly more funding to strengthen the principal pipeline, attract and retain more staff, and properly carry out lifesaving health protocols that keep students in classrooms.”

According to NASSP’s December 2021 nationally representative survey of principals, school leader job satisfaction is at an ultimate low with almost 4 out of 10 principals (38%) expecting to leave the profession in the next three years.