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

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

 

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!