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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…)

Principal Ambassador Fellowship Applications Open

The U.S. Department of Education is now accepting applications for the third cohort of principals to participate in the Principal Ambassador Fellowship program. Created in 2013, the program is meant to recognize the important impact that a principal has on instructional leadership, the school environment, and talent management. It is modeled on the Teaching Ambassador Fellowship program, which allows local leaders to contribute their knowledge and experience to the national dialogue about public education and learn more about education policy at the federal level.

Principals participating in the third cohort would serve during the 2016-17 school year. (more…)

NASSP Applauds ESEA Reauthorization Framework Approval

On Thursday, November 19, House and Senate leaders participating in a joint conference committee approved a bipartisan framework to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The bipartisan bill, which will be known as the Every Student Succeeds Act, reconciles elements from H.R. 5 and S. 1177, which the House and Senate respectively passed in July. This was the first time House and Senate leaders held a conference committee on ESEA since the passage of NCLB in 2001, and it is the closest we have come to reauthorization of the law since it expired in 2007.

The conference committee was composed of a bipartisan group of legislators from the House Education and the Workforce Committee and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (more…)

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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Meeting with Elected Officials: An Obligation to Advocate for Education

Guest post by Brad Seamer

All principals are proud of their schools. Why shouldn’t we be? We dedicate a tremendous amount of time and effort to providing the best possible learning environment for all of our students. We work closely with the amazing teachers on our staff to provide an essential education for young people to be successful and productive citizens.

As proud principals, I believe we have an obligation to share our success stories with our elected officials at the state level and in Washington, D.C. (more…)

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…)

A Special School Visit from the U.S. Department of Education

Guest post by Shawn DeRose

On Tuesday, October 27th, I had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Jean Yan, education research analyst at the U.S. Department of Education, at my school in honor of National Principals Month. Prior to her visit, I asked about her experience in education and what she hoped to see while shadowing me as the principal of Glasgow Middle School.

The day began before sunrise with the monitoring of Kiss-N-Ride (parent/student drop off) at the front of the building. Dr. Yan served as a “greeter” alongside another staff member welcoming students as they entered the school. (more…)

Budget Deal Passes, Education Funding Levels Still Undecided

Shortly before midnight on October 27, the White House in conjunction with House and Senate leadership announced a bipartisan two-year budget deal that would lift sequester caps for defense and non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs, which includes federal education programs. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 would increase NDD spending by $25 billion in FY 2016 and by $15 billion for FY 2017. There was also an increase of $8 billion to the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account for both 2016 and 2017.

This legislation passed the House on October 28 by a vote of 266-177 and the Senate by a vote of 64-35 on October 30 at 3:00 a.m. after Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) filibuster attempt fell short. (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…)