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Policy and Advocacy Sessions Headline NPC19

We are just a month away from the 2019 National Principals Conference. Thousands of education experts, thought leaders, and school leaders will gather in Boston for three days of networking, professional learning, advocacy, and fun. It’s not too late to register! Join us next month for the professional learning experience of a lifetime in one of America’s most historic cities.

The policy and advocacy sessions at this year’s conference accentuate an outstanding agenda. In the annual “State of American Education” session, elected officials and education policy experts will examine the impact of recent teacher walkouts across the country and how those walkouts are changing the conversation about funding in many states, among other issues. In “Leading a School After Tragedy,” members of NASSP’s new Principal Recovery Network will discuss how they handled shootings in their buildings and how we can better protect schools and students in the future. And in “Recruiting and Retaining Great Principals,” Linda Darling-Hammond will discuss the new NASSP and Learning Policy Institute research initiative, taking a deeper dive into principal turnover and its influence on future policy to keep qualified school leaders on the job.

Find the details here to attend all five policy and advocacy sessions at NPC next month:


The Equality Act Passes in the House

On May 17, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of historic nondiscrimination legislation for LGBTQ Americans. Eight House Republicans joined all voting Democrats to pass the Equality Act, a bill that, if signed into law, would finally prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity in schools; at work; and in the context of housing, credit, and jury service.

NASSP supports the proposed legislation. A principal’s primary responsibility is to create and sustain a school environment in which each student—regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity—is known, accepted, valued, trusted, and encouraged to be an active and responsible member of the school community. Similarly, teachers and other school staff should be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve and should never face discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, disability, or any other part of their person. The Equality Act would ensure that, under federal law, everyone is protected against discrimination at school, at work, when seeking housing, or anywhere else. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 has solidified these same protections into law based on race—and in 2019, it’s time for Congress to extend those protections for sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Now that the bill has passed the House, it’s the Senate’s turn to act. Send a message to your senators using this NASSP campaign and encourage them to ask Majority Leader McConnell to bring the bill up for a vote.


Great comments from @NASSP Principal of the Year finalist @NieskensJD in this article: "Nearly Every School Has An Improvement Plan. Principals And Teachers Aren't Fully Sold on Them"


The Danger Private School Voucher Programs Pose to Civil Rights - Center for American Progress


It's great to have @NASSP @clasleaders State Coordinator @DrRickCarter1 up on Capitol Hill today talking about the importance of increasing federal #edfunding for programs like #TitleIIA of ESSA.

Be like Principal Carter 😃 Make your voice heard with us:


NASSP and 75 education organizations have sent a letter to the Education Sec. and to the chair and ranking member of the Congressional committees. We are asking for their support in addressing #educatordiversity. We support educator diversity:

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

In April, the House Appropriations Committee passed a $500 million increase for Title II funding, which supports professional development for school leaders. Contact your representatives and senators now and urge them to support this funding increase for FY 2020.


Other News

On May 22, NASSP partnered with National Student Council and the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC) to host a Capitol Hill Day, where MASC student leaders were able to meet directly with legislative offices and share their insights on student advocacy.

On May 7, NASSP State Coordinator and Alabama Principal Rick Carter spoke on Capitol Hill about the importance of adequate federal education funding in FY 2020.

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


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