Advocacy

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.

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That’s a Wrap: National Principals Month Comes to a Close

This October, NASSP, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) continued the annual tradition of highlighting principals across the nation during National Principals Month. All month long, students, parents, teachers, fellow school leaders, and even entire states—with 29 of them submitting congressional resolutions, along with the House and Senate—celebrated the impact that principals have on their students and school communities and thanked them for their unrelenting commitment and hard work. (more…)

Week 3 of National Principals Month

After two weeks, National Principals Month is hitting its stride! The third week of National Principals Month is the busiest yet, featuring some excellent webinars from partner organizations aimed at aiding principals in their mission to help all students succeed. This week is also the second ever National Principal Shadowing Week! Let’s dive into the details! (more…)

Week 2 of National Principals Month

After wrapping up an eventful first week of National Principals Month (NPM), we continue by highlighting the great work of our nation’s school leaders. This includes a recording of our official Capitol Hill Event that was held on October 3. This week, we have a great webinar highlighting the importance of building and maintaining principal pipelines:

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It’s National Principals Month!

Happy National Principals Month to all the amazing school leaders out there from all of us at NASSP, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators! We know how important school leaders are to the success of their students and we want to take this time to express our appreciation. That’s why our organizations have once again declared October as National Principals Month.  (more…)