Inside the Beltway
What’s going on in Washington?
Last week, Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) introduced a crucial loan forgiveness bill that would help combat principal turnover. The Recruiting and Retaining Effective School Leaders Act (H.R. 3925) is enthusiastically supported by NASSP, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators. The bill would provide loan forgiveness over a seven-year period to principals who work in schools where at least 30 percent of the students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch. Last Thursday, November 5, the NASSP Board of Directors took to Capitol Hill to advocate for this bill and for the needs of school principals. Education Week covered the bill and NASSP’s support.
Why should principals care?
Besides the obvious benefits of loan forgiveness, the bill puts the issues of principal turnover and the principal pipeline on the national policy stage—bringing school principals’ priorities to the attention of our national lawmakers.
In the Press
To Reform a Struggling High School, Try This Rhode Islander’s Approach, Hechinger Report
Learn some strategies for raising achievement in this interview with Alan Tenreiro, NASSP’s 2016 National Principal of the Year. Among other things, Tenreiro discusses restructuring his school’s leadership, empowering teachers to be agents of change, introducing new technologies into the curriculum, and making edits to the school’s schedule to maximize professional development time for teachers.
Chicago’s Fight to Keep Top Principals: 2015 School Leadership Report, Chicago Public Education Fund
A recent survey of Chicago Public School principals reveals sweeping trends that have implications for the state of principal turnover in cities across the country. The survey found that principals say they spend too much time on paperwork and compliance; half the principals feel unable to organize their schools’ staff and budget to meet their own priorities; and principals were three times more likely to rate a professional development activity as “excellent” if they chose the activity.
State of the States 2015: Evaluating Teaching, Leading, and Learning, National Council on Teacher Quality
This report is the most comprehensive documentation of teacher evaluation systems in states and, for the first time this year, includes a look at the policy landscape on principal effectiveness. The report also looks at how states are using the evaluations to inform practice and make decisions about teachers.
Infrastructure Survey, Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
In their annual infrastructure survey, CoSN asked K–12 school leaders and technology directors about the state of connectivity in their districts and the impact they’ve felt from last year’s changes to the E-Rate program. School leaders continue to identify cost as the primary obstacle to robust connectivity. NASSP supports the E-Rate program and has worked to expand and fund its implementation, particularly to fund broadband Internet access in schools.