FGN News – October 2017

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NASSP Federal Grassroots Network

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

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

 

@nassp

 

@akarhuse

 

@zachscott33

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

. Just email Manager of Advocacy Zachary Scott with your idea.


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