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Make a Resolution to Advocate for Education!

Have you thought about a New Year’s resolution for 2019? How about committing to advocate with lawmakers for the resources that schools, educators, and students need to succeed? If you’re willing to help us fight for public education, then we have a spot for you at the 2019 NASSP Advocacy Conference taking place March 18–20!

There is no registration fee to attend. If you can get to Washington, D.C., you can join us for this special opportunity where you’ll learn how to elevate the voices of educators and school leaders; hear from education policy experts and thought leaders; attend receptions and networking events; and participate in a full day of meetings on Capitol Hill with the offices of your state’s members of Congress. Click here to register now!

Need more information before deciding? Contact the NASSP Advocacy Team at with questions.


Federal School Safety Commission Report Calls for Arming Educators and Rescinding School Discipline Guidance

Ten months after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, and after Betsy DeVos and other members of the Trump administration convened to examine what can be done to better protect schools, the Federal Commission on School Safety released its final report. While the report included several positive recommendations, national education organizations like NASSP condemned some of its most consequential aspects, including the rescinding of the Obama administration’s guidance aimed at reducing disproportionate discipline towards minority students.

DeVos’s commission also recommended that schools and districts be allowed to arm teachers and other personnel, a position long opposed by the vast majority of educators. NASSP members and other stakeholders repeatedly testified in the commission’s listening sessions throughout the summer against arming anyone in schools other than specially trained school resource officers, but concerns about the potential for increased accidents and a negative impact on school culture went unacknowledged in the report.

For more, read NASSP’s full statement in response to the release of the commission’s report and A Framework for Safe and Successful Schools, which NASSP and other national education leaders continue to promote as the most effective path forward to better protect our schools.


RT @nasponline: While we're talking about #schoolsafety, in 2013 we developed a framework w/ @ASCAtweets @NASSP @TheSSWAA @NASRO_Info & @NAESP that equips America’s schools to educate and safeguard our children over the long term.


@NASSP member @warman_hall shares his incredible story this morning. An amazing principal and an even better person. What It Takes to Lead a School After a Shooting ... via @educationweek


Betsy DeVos's final school safety report is coming out today in response to Parkland. It recommends arming teachers and eliminating policy that protects minority students from discrimination.

That couldn't be more tone deaf to what educators know actually keeps schools safe.


Read "5 Takeaways From Betsy Devos' 9-Month Investigation" via @vicenews and @misstessowen #SchoolSafety

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

NASSP endorsed the Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2018, introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), which would help school districts and local education agencies combat the surge of e-cigarette use in schools. For more on this issue, read NASSP’s recently updated Marketing of Tobacco to Children and Youth position statement.

Do you have a personal or professional relationship with a current or incoming member of Congress or their staff? If so, tell NASSP about that connection here! We’re looking to identify advocates who can speak on behalf of school leaders with key lawmakers in the 116th Congress, and we need your help to do it.

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!

Congress is currently in the midst of a shutdown and there's no telling when it may end with a split Congress and unpredictable president. What does that mean for education? Read more about it in NASSP's School of Thought blog.


In This Month’s Principal Leadership

This month’s Principal Leadership features an article from National PTA President Jim Accomando outlining specific strategies for how educators and school leaders can communicate about the Every Student Succeeds Act with families.

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