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Secretary Miguel Cardona, Rep. Mikie Sherrill, and More to Address 2021 NASSP Virtual Advocacy Conference

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and Rep. Mikie Sherrill (Headshots)

The 2021 NASSP Virtual Advocacy Conference is less than a week away, and there’s still space available for interested school leaders, educators, and all supporters of schools and students. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), who serves on the House Committee on Education and Labor, were recently added to the conference lineup and promise to provide unique insights about the future of American education policy in 2021 and beyond.

Secretary Cardona will provide the event’s keynote address, followed by an intimate one-on-one conversation with NASSP CEO Ronn Nozoe, where Cardona will take pre-submitted questions from conference attendees. Rep. Sherrill is joining the conference as part of the “State of American Education” session that will feature other nationally recognized education policy experts.

In addition to hearing from leading policy voices, conference attendees will have the chance to network with and learn from hundreds of school leaders who regularly participate in grassroots advocacy work in their states. If you have considered getting involved with influencing lawmakers on behalf of your school, or if you are already an advocate and would like to share and connect with your colleagues around the country, this is the event for you. Don’t miss out!


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Biden Outlines Infrastructure Proposal With $102.8B for School Facilities

With the American Rescue Plan passed, the White House has turned its sights on the next large national legislative priority: infrastructure. While there’s been professed support from both sides of the aisle for a new federal investment in the nation’s infrastructure for some time, differences in the size, scope, and focus of a bill have stymied Washington for years. But with Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate, plus the ability to potentially move a package through the budget reconciliation process—requiring only a simple majority of 51 votes in the Senate—President Joe Biden and his team are hopeful that they can succeed where others have failed.

The massive $2.5 trillion American Jobs Plan proposal was released late last month, which included $100 billion in direct grant and bond funding for school construction and improvement. Other areas of Biden’s plan would provide for more direct and indirect investments in schools, like $45 billion for improving safe drinking water that would include school buildings and $100 billion for national broadband improvements—which would undoubtedly help further close the homework gap and connect students who lack adequate home internet access.

NASSP CEO Ronn Nozoe voiced support for the American Jobs Plan, which has provided an important roadmap to Congress. From here, it will be up to representatives and senators to negotiate a deal that can pass and move a final bill to the president’s desk. Principals and educators can help ensure that adequate support for schools is maintained in any infrastructure they consider by sending a message with NASSP here.


Biden Education Team Squashes States' Push to Nix All Tests but Approves Other Flexibility:

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A HUGE thank you to @RepAndyLevin, @RepBowman, and @RepDavidTrone for introducing the House #APweek21 resolution this year. It's fantastic to see these great members recognize the hard work of our nation's APs! @NASSP @NAESP @AFSAUnion

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You need to read this - powerful story on one crushing aspect of the pandemic: missing students. Thanks to our friends @derrickLawson62 and Rich Pimentel for sharing their story at @IHSRajahs.… Great reporting by @elisaslow.

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It is National Youth Violence Prevention Week! Learn how you can get involved here: #NYVPW

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Take Action

A new national infrastructure investment has been proposed by the White House and is being debated in Congress. Send a message to your lawmakers today and help ensure that adequate funding for public schools is included in any infrastructure deal!


Other News

Share your experience as a principal during the COVID-19 pandemic and receive a $20 gift card for your time! NASSP has partnered with the CDC Foundation on this anonymous survey to learn more about the changes to the education landscape throughout the last year.

The Department of Education recently released Volume 2 of their COVID-19 Handbook for educators, outlining additional strategies to address the mental health and well-being of students and educators, lost instructional time, adapting to new technology and teaching methods, and more.

Last week, NASSP joined the National Association of Elementary School Principals and American Federation of School Administrators in celebrating National Assistant Principals Week. Watch the on-demand webinar about how assistant principals are navigating their shifting role during the pandemic.

NASSP issued a statement in support of President Biden’s FY 2022 budget proposal that calls for a $102.8 billion investment in education.


In This Month’s Principal Leadership

Buy-in from school leaders is critical to the success of student advocacy. This month’s “Advocacy Agenda” was written with input from members of NASSP’s Student Leadership Advisory Committee on the ways principals can be supportive of student advocacy efforts. Read the column today.

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