Advocacy Update

ESEA Update

The leaders of the House Education and Workforce Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee released a joint statement on Friday, November 13th to announce that a framework had been developed to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and they were recommending to Congressional leadership that conferees be named this week.

Share Your Feedback: New Position Statements

The NASSP Board of Directors has stated its intent to adopt the following position statements:

Following a 30-day public comment period, the board will vote to approve the position statement at its next meeting in February 2016. Please submit any comments or suggestions to Amanda Karhuse at karhusea@nassp.org by Monday, December 7.

Inside the Beltway

What’s going on in Washington?

The White House held a summit on Next Generation High Schools and NASSP’s own David Chodak was in attendance. The summit brought together officials from the Obama administration along with students, educators, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs to highlight work across the country to reimagine and redesign the high school experience. President Obama announced his push for Next Generation High Schools at his 2015 State of the Union address.

Why should principals care?  

At the summit, 375 million dollars of support for high school reform from the administration, private companies like IBM, and foundations like the Nellie Mae Education Foundation was announced. While many of the administration’s priorities around high school reform have not been written into federal law, President Obama is shaping the national conversation around high school and finding money to make ideas reality.

In the Press

Behind the Shortage of Special Ed Teachers: Long Hours, Crushing Paperwork, NPR

Trevor Greene, the 2013 NASSP National High School Principal of the Year who is now a human resources director, is interviewed in this article about how his district recruits and fills vacancies for special education teachers. The article looks at some of the issues that drive special education teachers out of the profession, such as the large amount of paperwork required to comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and students’ Individualized Education Programs.

Progress Is No Accident: Why ESEA Can’t Backtrack on High School Graduation Rates, Alliance for Excellent Education

Last Tuesday, November 10, the White House announced that the number of high school dropouts decreased from 1 million in 2008 to 750 million in 2012. While this is encouraging, this report finds that there are still 1,235 high schools that failed to graduate one-third or more of their students. The report attributes the improvement in graduation rates to state and local policies as well as federal requirements issued in 2008 and 2011 targeted at the dropout crisis. These same requirements are absent from current efforts to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

A Growing Movement: America’s Largest Charter School Communities, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Using public school enrollment data from the 2014–15 school year, this report charts which districts have the highest percent of charter school districts and where enrollment is increasing. New Orleans has the largest market share of charter students with 93 percent of students in charter schools, but school districts in Michigan and Indiana are seeing increasing numbers of students enrolled in charters.

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