Sophie Papavizas

Sophie Papavizas is the Advocacy Coordinator at NASSP.

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.

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Advocacy Update

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. (more…)

Advocacy Update

Inside the Beltway

What’s going on in Washington?

While the dark cloud of a potential government shutdown loomed over Washington, House and Senate leadership were meeting behind closed doors to make a deal on the budget. They’re calling it the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, and it raises the current ceiling for spending allowing Congress to give more money to programs across the board. The act passed both chambers while most of us slept in the small hours of the morning last Tuesday (the House) and Thursday (the Senate). (more…)

Advocacy Update

Inside the Beltway

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has announced he will run for the speakership, lending some hope of stability in House leadership as Congress prepares to tackle a number of pressing concerns about the budget and the debt ceiling. Without a budget solution, there will likely be a long-term continuing resolution locking in sequestration caps and also bringing a small across-the-board cut to all programs. This would result in significantly less funding for schools from the federal government. (more…)

Advocacy Update

Take Action on ESEA

Congress may be on recess, but NASSP is working hard to ensure principals have a voice in ESEA reauthorization. Working with the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the American Federation of School Administrators, NASSP sent a detailed letter to lawmakers on Capitol Hill outlining our concerns and priorities going forward with the ESEA conference report. Make a difference today and tell your members of Congress to do what’s right for school leaders and students!

National Principals Month Resolutions

Resolutions celebrating National Principals Month recently passed in the House and Senate. Thanks to Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) for sponsoring their respective resolution. (more…)

Advocacy Update

Inside the Beltway

The Continuing Resolution passed in September will expire on December 11, giving Congress only about two already busy months to reach an agreement on the budget. The Continuing Resolution locked in FY16 funding levels and also resulted in $141.5 million being cut from the Department of Education alone. Appropriations Committee members have said they will need at least four weeks to draft an omnibus appropriations bill once given a top line number. With the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 expiring, Congress has been writing appropriations bills using sequestration caps.

Agreement on that top line budget number has been hard to reach for House and Senate leadership with Democrats and the White House pushing to raise the caps in a two-year budget deal for both defense and non-defense discretionary funding to get Congress through the end of President Obama’s term. (more…)

Advocacy Update

Inside the Beltway

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Friday that he would be stepping down from his role in December. President Obama will be nominating John B. King Jr. to succeed Secretary Duncan. King is the former commissioner of education for New York state and held that role during the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

In the Press

Boosting Educational Attainment and Adult Earnings, Education Next

Researchers have found that increased school spending is linked to improved outcomes for students, particularly low-income students. (more…)

Advocacy Update

Inside the Beltway

Under pressure from more conservative members of the Republican Party, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced Friday that he will resign from Congress effective October 31, paving the way for the passage of a clean spending bill this week to keep the government open. Conservative members had threatened to prevent passage of a spending bill unless Planned Parenthood was defunded. That plus a repeal of the Affordable Care Act will now be considered in the budget reconciliation. Reconciliation bills are considered under special rules requiring a simple majority and cannot be filibustered in the Senate.

The retirement of Speaker Boehner puts even greater pressure on Democrats and the White House to reach a deal to pass a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in Congress. (more…)

Advocacy Update

Inside the Beltway

Congress returned this week and took up a bill rejecting the Iran deal. The bill did not pass, which paves the way for the deal to go forward. The threat of a government shutdown is hanging over Congress with only a few legislative working days until the new government fiscal year begins on October 1. Conservative Republicans have threatened to filibuster if Planned Parenthood is not defunded in the budget but Republican Party leadership is eager to avoid being blamed for another government shutdown and is conscious of the party’s position heading into a major election year. A short-term continuing resolution is likely in the next week to allow Congress to reach a deal. Other major programs are set to expire through the fall and the Highway Trust Fund will run out of money on October 29.

ESEA is still being discussed amongst education staffers and we expect to see more public news about a conference committee in the next couple of months. Meanwhile, education advocates are focused on appropriations and other bills waiting in the queue such as the Higher Education Act. (more…)

Advocacy Update

Inside the Beltway

Congress returns from the August recess this week and they have a full agenda for the month. They have until September 17 to take action on the Iran deal and until September 30 to pass a spending bill before government shutdown. Several programs such as the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 are set to expire at the end of the month without reauthorization. Education advocates are anticipating news about the ESEA Conference Committee this month or next month.

In the Press

 After 12 Years in the House, Kline Opts to Retire, Washington Post

Rep. John Kline (R-MN), current Chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, announced last Thursday that he intends to retire at the end of his current term. His retirement puts pressure on lawmakers to pass reauthorization of ESEA—a law Rep. Kline has been working on for many years. (more…)