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The NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee Advocates on Capitol Hill!

In January, the current NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee convened for their second and final annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The committee discussed strategies for continuing to promote their Global Citizenship Initiative and encouraging more students around the country and the world to #EngageInChange by making a difference in their schools and communities.

To further advance the initiative, the Committee also hosted a congressional briefing event on Thursday, January 31. In a standing room only crowd of congressional staffers, members of the committee shared their personal experience advocating for change, information about the impact of young voters in the 2018 midterm election, and policies that students and young people want Congress to focus on in 2019 and beyond.

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To learn more about NASSP’s Student Leadership Advisory Committee and our commitment to empowering student voice, visit the Committee’s Making Global Change website and join the conversation on social media using the #EngageInChange hashtag.

THIS MONTH'S TOP ADVOCACY ISSUES

Another Potential Government Shutdown Looms Shortly After Longest in U.S. History

On Wednesday, December 19, it appeared that Congress was set to pass a continuing resolution that would fund the remaining seven federal appropriations bills at their current levels until February 8 and avert a government shutdown. That all fell apart the next day when President Trump abruptly announced that he would not sign a bill that did not include at least $5 billion for a southern border wall. Unable to reach a deal in time, a partial government shutdown ensued that, at 35 days, would become the longest in history.

On Friday, January 25, President Trump signed a temporary reprieve to fund the government through February 15 that did not include any funding for a border wall. Many Americans were left to wonder what the point of a shutdown was that cost the U.S. economy $3 billion that will never be recovered, especially because essentially the same deal had already been reached by Congress before Christmas. In any case, members of Congress now continue negotiating to reach a longer-term deal for FY 2019 with another shutdown looming if they are unable to do so in the next two days. President Trump, meanwhile, has threatened to declare a “national emergency” and use executive action to fund the construction of a border wall if Congress does not appropriate the funds for him to do so—a move that would almost certainly face legal challenges around the president’s authority to circumvent Congress for that purpose.

Fortunately, federal education funding is one of the areas that is already secure for FY 2019 per the spending package that was signed into law in September. If the government shuts down again, however, schools are at risk in other ways. The National School Lunch Program, for example, is funded through the USDA and could be affected. More broadly, many students’ families that include government employees, federal government contractors, and others would be once again be left with the uncertainly of when their next paycheck may arrive, an unnecessary situation Congress and the President must work to avoid for the second time.

TWITTER TALK

@akarhuse
Why Struggling Schools End Up With Less Effective Principals: via

 

@zachscott33
FDA is failing to protect kids from e-cigarettes, American Lung Association says Unfortunately, e-cigs continue to be a danger to our nation's youth. Recently released guidance on this issue for educators and legislators

 

@GWaples
Did you catch the Student Leadership Advisory Committee congressional briefing yesterday? If not, you need to take a listen to these amazing student leaders.

 

@NASSP
Did you know that roughly 1/2 of the nation's schools are at least 50 years old? That's why NASSP thanks and for introducing the Rebuild America's Schools Act which will provide $100 billion for our aging schools.

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
Greg Waples   @GWaples
 

Take Action

Enacting additional measures to improve school safety and adequately funding programs that prevent violence must be a priority for the new Congress. Contact your representatives now and tell them to support programs proven to protect schools and create safe environments.

 

Other News

President Trump delivered his 2019 State of the Union address before Congress and the nation last Tuesday, and NASSP responded.


NASSP joined a coalition of national education organizations on a letter denouncing the Trump administration’s decision to rescind critical school discipline guidance.


Washington state Principal Vicki Puckett has been named the first quarterly Principal Advocate Champion of 2019! Read more about Vicki’s dedication to equity in schools and her grassroots advocacy work here.


The Department of Education announced an initiative aimed at protecting children with disabilities against the inappropriate use of restraint in schools.


Registration has officially opened for NASSP’s 2019 National Principals Conference. Taking place July 18–20 in Boston, the conference will bring together principals from across the country to network and share best practices. Register today!

 

In This Month’s Principal Leadership

This month’s Principal Leadership features an article about how a principal can build a solid relationship with their superintendent, written by Laurie Barron, superintendent of the Evergreen School District in Kalispell, MT.


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