Sophie Papavizas

Sophie Papavizas is the Advocacy Coordinator at NASSP.

Advocacy Update

Inside the Beltway

What’s going on in Washington?

The D.C. area was hit with the biggest snowstorm in a decade, beginning on Friday, January 22, causing closures, delays, and cancellations across the city, including on Capitol Hill. But elsewhere, politicos were more concerned with the run up to the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries. Iowans go to the polls today, February 1, to elect the first delegates to this summer’s Democratic and Republican Conventions. The New Hampshire primaries will play out next week on February 9. (more…)

Advocacy Update

Inside the Beltway

What’s going on in Washington?

Comments were due this week in response to the Request for Information from the U.S. Department of Education on implementing Title I of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This is one of the first steps in the regulatory process for ESSA, which takes effect on August 1, 2016. NASSP submitted comments along with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), which can be viewed online. All comments are public record, so you can also view comments submitted by other organizations and individuals as well. (more…)

Advocacy Update

Supreme Court

Principals in the Central states may now be a bit more confused about their responsibility to report suspected child abuse. The Supreme Court declined to review a 6th Circuit decision allowing parents to sue principals for reporting suspected abuse at home. The allegation by the administrator, the court concluded, was retaliation for a dispute over the student’s IEP. NASSP signed an amicus curiae brief for the case, indicating that “mandatory reporting” now results in mandatory vulnerability to civil suits. NASSP members, remember that your membership provides you with up to $10,000 in legal coverage. Let’s hope you won’t need it, despite the court’s decision. (more…)

Advocacy Update

Inside the Beltway

What’s going on in Washington?

Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania introduced the Educator Preparation Reform Act (S. 2419), aimed at better preparing teachers, principals, and other educators to be effective and profession-ready on day one. The bill is intended to be part of the conversation on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, which is expected to come up this year. NASSP endorsed this legislation in the 113th Congress and offered recommendations to Sen. Reed’s staff for the current 114th Congress version. (more…)

Advocacy Update

100th Anniversary of NASSP

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) introduced a House resolution recognizing 2016 as the 100th anniversary of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Read more about the resolution on the School of Thought blog.

Inside the Beltway

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Advocacy Update

Department of Education Update

Incoming Secretary of Education John King held an education stakeholder meeting last Tuesday to discuss his priorities for his term that begins in January as well as some of the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) thinking on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) rule-making process. He also announced a new website to house all information related to the new education law. NASSP’s Director of Advocacy Amanda Karhuse and Associate Director Advocacy David Chodak were in attendance. (more…)

Advocacy Update

Inside the Beltway

What is going on in Washington?

Last week was a historic week for K–12 education in Washington with President Obama signing into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that will replace the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). After approval by the House, ESSA was approved by the Senate in an 85-12 vote on Wednesday morning and signed by the president in a White House ceremony on Thursday morning. Our own Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti was in attendance in addition to other education stakeholders and students from schools in the Washington, D.C., area. (more…)

Advocacy Update

Take Action on ESEA

It is not too late to send a message to your senators before their Tuesday evening vote, urging them to pass the conference report to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and end the current system of waivers and punitive accountability. Thank you to the hundreds of members who have already contacted their members of Congress in support of reauthorization!

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Advocacy Update

Professional Standards for Education Leaders Released

The Council of Chief State School Officers released the new Professional Standards for Educational Leaders after approval by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) last month. NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti, who serves as chair of NPBEA, was quoted in an Education Week article about the release.

The 10 standards describe what effective school leaders should be able to know and do to lead high-achieving staff, schools, and students in the 21st century. They are forward-looking and connect the school leader with student learning in a direct way. (more…)

Advocacy Update

Apply for the Principal Ambassador Fellowship at the U.S. Department of Education

Applications are now open for the U.S. Department of Education’s 2016–17 Principal Ambassador Fellowship program. The fellowship is a year-long paid position that is anticipated to commence by the end of July 2016 and culminate by July 2017. The program has two separate year-long paid positions: the Washington Fellowship, which is a full-time “principal in residence” appointment based at the Department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and the Campus Fellowship, which enables principals to participate on a part-time basis, while maintaining their primary school responsibilities. See our blog post for more information about the history of the fellowship and selection criteria. (more…)