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Principals From Schools With Shootings Launch ‘Recovery Network’

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On April 3, NASSP convened a cohort of school leaders whose schools experienced a shooting tragedy for the first meeting of the Principal Recovery Network (PRN). The group aims to reach out immediately to colleagues in crisis in order to provide much-needed support, share their collective knowledge of their experiences through various outlets, and advocate for the needs of schools both to prevent shootings and help schools recover from them.

The current and former principals and assistant principals in attendance discussed the challenges of restoring a learning focus after a shooting—and the fine line of commemorations that can either advance healing or reopen emotional wounds. Conversations also revolved around the need for additional mental health services for schools, both to prevent violent incidents and to help schools recover from them. Of particular note was the principals’ emphasis on the mental health needs of teachers and other adults who might undergo trauma following a shooting—including the principals themselves.

The launch of the PRN garnered national media attention, including:


House Bill Calls for Large Increases in Federal Education Programs

On April 30, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-Ed) Appropriations subcommittee marked up their first appropriations bill for FY 2020. The bill included $75.9 billion for the Department of Education, $4.4 billion above the FY 2019 enacted level. While the budget numbers for all programs are not available yet, many of NASSP’s priority programs were appropriated major increases over FY 2019:

  • Title I: $1 billion increase, bringing the program to $16.9 billion
  • Title II, Part A: $500 million increase, bringing the program to $2.6 billion
  • Title IV, Part A: $150 million increase, bringing the program to $1.3 billion
  • IDEA Grants to states: $1 billion increase, bringing the program to $13.4 billion

While the FY 2020 appropriations process is far from complete, and these numbers are just a starting point for House Democrat negotiations with Senate Republicans and President Trump, this bill shows House Democrats are devoted to strong investments in federal education and will advocate for these necessary increases moving forward. For future updates on the FY 2020 appropriations process, please visit the School of Thought blog.


. National Principal of the Year introduces a panel on measuring what counts & educating the whole child at


Great to see Jessica Cardichon of on this panel with . has great research on the teacher and principal professions, and has been a great partner with this year on this new report:


Education spending took a hit during the Great Recession, but teacher strikes in some of the worst-hit states are leading to reinvestment, argue and Abby Quirk from


A powerful & emotional experience to host these 17 principals whose schools have endured . The new Principals Recovery Network will support the next principal who endures such a tragedy and advocate for policies to both prevent them & help with recovery.


The NASSP Policy & Advocacy Center is proud to announce that Jason Mix has been named the second quarterly Principal Advocate Champion of 2019! Learn more about the impact that Jason is making: .

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

NASSP   @nassp
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Zachary Scott   @zachscott33
Greg Waples   @GWaples

Take Action

The House of Representatives could be voting on the Equality Act (H.R. 5) in the coming weeks. Send a message to your representative now and encourage them to support the bill. No educator should be fired or discriminated against because of their sexual orientation, and it’s time for Congress to extend equal rights and protections to LGBTQ Americans.


Other News

Wednesday, May 15, is a national Title II Day of Action. Join NASSP in promoting the importance of funding professional development for school leaders using this action toolkit.

NASSP co-hosted the Creating Safe and Inclusive Schools: The Federal Role in Addressing Discriminatory School Discipline congressional briefing event on May 1.

National Principal of the Year finalist Paul Kelly presented at the “Importance of Mental Health in Comprehensive School Safety and Security Efforts briefing event on Capitol Hill in April.

The first research brief in NASSP’s new partnership with the Learning Policy Institute, which examines the issue of principal turnover, is available now!

Register for the 2019 National Principals Conference using promo code SUMMER19 to receive a $50 discount. 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

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This month’s Principal Leadership highlights the importance of improving access to comprehensive school mental and behavioral health services. Read the column to find out how schools are addressing and advocating for the mental and behavioral health needs of their students and staff.

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