Advocacy

What Principals Can Do to Ensure School Discipline Policies Promote Safe and Inclusive Learning Environments

Research shows that “principals are essential to improving student achievement and narrowing persistent achievement gaps between students in underserved communities and their economically advantaged peers.” In fact, one study asserts that “there are virtually no documented instances of troubled schools being turned around without intervention by a powerful leader.” (more…)

Announcing the 2nd Quarterly Principal Advocate Champion

Every quarter, the NASSP Policy & Advocacy Center recognizes outstanding volunteer advocates who dedicate their time to advancing the policy and civic priorities of school leaders, public education, and students across America. The Principal Advocate Champion is someone who has made a powerful impact on the direction of public education policy through their personal engagement with state and federal policymakers and their ability to organize grassroots support behind NASSP advocacy initiatives.

The NASSP Policy & Advocacy Center is excited to announce that Jason Mix has been named the second quarterly Principal Advocate Champion of 2019! (more…)

Advocacy Update: Secretary DeVos Defends the President’s Budget on Capitol Hill

Last week, Secretary Betsy DeVos testified before both the House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittees to defend the Department of Education’s (ED) funding proposals in the FY 2020 President’s Budget. Both hearings were somewhat contentious, with Democrats pushing DeVos on many of the unpopular cuts to education programs made in the budget and Republicans praising the majority of the proposal. Overall, some policies and highlights emerged from both hearings: (more…)

Using PPE Data to Advocate for Your School

As principals, you are focused on myriad issues that impact the function of your school on a daily basis; are school buses arriving on time, did the cafeteria receive its delivery, are your students safe. Despite all that you attend to, it’s natural to face some scrutiny from parents, administrators, and community members about how your school is doing. Starting next year, a significant change in available data about school funding could impact questions that you field about your school’s resources, and salaries for teachers, staff, and administrators. (more…)

Announcing the Advocacy Champion of the Year

Tonight during the opening reception of the 2019 NASSP Advocacy Conference, Dan Richards, principal of Georgetown Middle High School in Georgetown, MA, was announced as the first-ever NASSP Advocacy Champion of the Year! (more…)

Education Suffers Severe Cuts in President Trump’s FY 2020 Budget

On March 11, President Trump released the FY 2020 President’s Budget, which includes proposed spending levels for the 2020–21 school year. Like in past budget proposals, the president called for steep cuts across the board to many non-defense discretionary programs, including education. Counting cuts to Pell Grants and all other education programs, the total cuts for the Department of Education (ED) would be $8.8 billion in FY 2020, or 12.5 percent lower than ED’s enacted FY 2019 budget. Many of NASSP’s priority programs would suffer cuts, while others would only receive level funding: (more…)

“We Must Be Advocates”: How the NASSP Advocacy Conference Impacts Education

Education in America is being threatened by reduced funding, teacher shortages, school safety concerns, and more—and it needs your voice now more than ever. The 2019 NASSP Advocacy Conference is your opportunity to gather with peers in the education community and converge on Capitol Hill to meet with policymakers who are making important decisions at the federal level. With the February 11 registration deadline fast approaching, students and learning communities are counting on you to be their advocate.

NASSP spoke with three past conference attendees who shared their experiences as well as why they’ll be attending this year’s event: Steve Baker, principal, Bluffton High School in Bluffton, IN; Erika Burden, principal, Westwood Middle School in Spokane, WA; and Brad Seamer, assistant principal, Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg, SD. (more…)

Advocacy Update: Holiday Shutdown

After a tumultuous week in Washington, the country is headed for its second shutdown in less than a year. It appeared that a shutdown would be averted on Wednesday, December 19 after the Senate passed a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the remaining seven appropriations bills at their current funding levels until February 8, 2019. (more…)

I Spent a Day in the Life of Principal—Here’s What I Saw

As National Principals Month came to close in October, the staff on the Advocacy team here at NASSP decided we needed to get out of the office—away from the politics on Capitol Hill for a moment—and spend a day reminding ourselves why we do the work that we do. We reached out to several principals in Northern Virginia and asked if we could shadow them for a day, hoping that the experience would enhance our perspective on the current successes and challenges faced by principals and public schools so we might better advocate for the resources they need in 2019 and beyond. To my delight, I got all of that and more from my visit with Carole Kihm, principal of Longfellow Middle School in Falls Church, VA. (more…)

Midterm Wrap-Up: What Happened, and What to Expect

On Tuesday, November 7, citizens across the nation took to the polls for midterm elections. Much was at stake, and many considered the 2018 midterm election to be a direct review of President Trump’s first two years in office. If that’s the case, there were definitely some mixed results after the dust settled and, in many races, it still continues to do so. This post will examine the results of the election and provide insight into how the results may affect education policy moving forward.

Results (more…)