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What the 2018 Midterm Election Results Mean for Education

The midterm elections are in the books, and the results have far reaching implications for education policy at the federal and state level in 2019 and beyond. In Congress, Democrats captured the House while Republicans remained in control of the Senate. Governors’ mansions and state legislatures saw drastic shakeups across the country, and voters made direct decisions on a number of education-related ballot measures.

For a full recap of the 2018 midterm results and what school leaders need to know moving forward, read the latest post in NASSP’s blog.


School Leaders Make Their Voices Heard During National Principals Month

As events and activities came to a close in October, NASSP and school leaders around the country celebrated one of the most successful National Principals Months (NPM) ever. From the annual Student Video Contest to the outpouring of support for school leaders on social media with the #ThankAPrincipal hashtag, NPM was marked by record levels of engagement.

NPM 2018 also saw an increased number of principals and school leaders connecting with their elected officials and influencing the national conversation around education policy. Dozens of principals were visited by their members of Congress, state legislators, local officials, and other policymakers during Principal Shadowing Week and throughout the month. In those meetings, school leaders like Connecticut State Principal of the Year Dianne Vumback showed their representatives firsthand the challenges that schools face, and they advocated for continued investment in federal and state policy that supports student achievement.

NASSP, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators also hosted a widely attended briefing on Capitol Hill during NPM 2018, where panelists further educated Congress on the needs of today’s schools amid the ever-changing political landscape.

For a complete recap of this year’s National Principals Month, check out this post in NASSP’s School of Thought blog.


Four Principals Win Seats in Oklahoma's Statehouse: via


Another National Principals Month in the books! Thanks to all my colleagues at , , and for their amazing work in making this so successful. Let's make October 2019 even better!


It's amazing to see so many members of Congress visiting school leaders in their districts during National Principals Month! Shout out to Vicki for being an incredible advocate for education... her elected officials certainly know her well


"We are members of one another's family." California principal Derrick Lawson () closes out today's video series.

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Other News

  • Dr. Lucas Clamp, principal of River Bluff High School in Lexington, SC, was named the 2019 National Principal of the Year! Dr. Clamp advocated for education on Capitol Hill as part of NASSP’s 2018 Principal of the Year events in September.

  • On October 4, NASSP co-hosted a congressional briefing with the Human Rights Campaign focused on how school leaders can create supportive and inclusive environments for LGBTQ students and how Congress can aid them in doing so.

  • The NASSP Board of Directors has stated its intent to adopt new position statements on Educator Diversity and Drug and Alcohol Abuse. A 30-day public comment period is now open, and principals are encouraged to share feedback on the statements by December 7, 2018, to Amanda Karhuse at


In This Month’s Principal Leadership

This month’s Principal Leadership features an article from Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) about the importance of Congress adequately funding public education and recently introduced legislation designed to support rural educators.

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