Advocacy Update

Oppose Trump’s Budget and Support Educators!

Research has shown that principals are the second most important factor in supporting student growth. Despite this fact, President Trump’s recent budget asks for a complete elimination of Title II, Part A funds, which are meant to recruit, retain, and support teachers and principals. However, Congress still has the ability to fund Title II, Part A. Take a stand with NASSP and participate in our newest action alert opposing President Trump’s cuts and asking Congress to fully fund Title II, Part A at the levels authorized under ESSA.

 

Inside the Beltway

What’s Happening in Washington?

Last week, the Supreme Court decided on a case that could have one of the largest impacts on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) since the law was passed. In Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, the Court decided that districts must meet more stringent standards to accommodate students with disabilities under the federal special education law.

Why Should Principals Care?

This unanimous decision by the Supreme Court could have major implications for schools and districts in terms of how they accommodate each special education student. The ruling provides new precedent for parents to argue that a district or school is not developing an individualized learning plan (IEP) that meets the specific needs of their child. However, such an argument could still be subjective, meaning that these challenges could lead to a sharp increase in the amount of court cases related to IDEA.

 

In the Press

How School Boards Should Approach Their State ESSA Plans, National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)

States are rolling along in the development of their ESSA plans and some have started sharing their draft plans. In their Policy Update, NASBE has provided questions for state boards of education to consider while creating their ESSA proposals.

The Importance of Effective Instruction State Grants, New America

As noted above, President Trump’s recent budget has sought to completely eliminate funding for Title II, Part A of ESSA. This article highlights the important role these grants play in supporting educators to aid all students and notes that these funds need to be saved by Congress.

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