NASSP May 2020 Newsletter

By Alison Maley posted 05-15-2020 15:25

  

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TOMORROW: NASSP and LPI Release Principal Turnover Report in Livestream Event

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As COVID-19 creates daunting new challenges for public schools, an already known issue will likely be further exacerbated by the crisis: turnover and shortages in the teacher and school leader professions. While much attention has been paid to teacher shortages in recent years, far less examination has been given to administrators—until now.

Tomorrow during a free livestream event, NASSP and the Learning Policy Institute (LPI) will release “Supporting a Strong, Stable Principal Workforce: What Matters and What Can Be Done,” the final report in an intensive joint research initiative between the two organizations. The report analyzes new data from an extensive national survey of principals; uncovers root causes of turnover in the profession; and outlines policy recommendations for Congress, states, districts, and schools to support and retain high-quality school leaders.

During tomorrow’s event, LPI President and CEO Linda Darling-Hammond, NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti, and a panel of practicing school leaders will discuss the impact of principal turnover on teachers and students, provide strategies to increase principal retention, and offer recommendations policymakers can enact to support those strategies.

Tune in tomorrow for this important event, and be the first to access your copy of the new report on the NASSP webpage.

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THIS MONTH'S TOP ADVOCACY ISSUES

Strained Schools Seek Assistance as Congress Eyes Further COVID-19 Relief

After passing the CARES Act last month—a massive $2.2 trillion emergency coronavirus relief package that included $13.5 billion in assistance for K–12 schools—Congress is in the midst of debate on yet another round of much-needed assistance to struggling states, businesses, individuals, and schools everywhere.

The advocacy of educators helped lead to some funding for K–12 education being included in the CARES Act, but the $13.5 billion allocated by Congress falls far short of what will ultimately be required to sustain our nation’s schools as they deal with looming budget shortfalls from lost tax revenue and seek to educate students remotely and manage building closures. NASSP has joined other major national education organizations in calling on Congress to appropriate at least $192 billion in needed crisis assistance. As new data emerge revealing the true scope of the situation schools are facing, it’s critical that lawmakers act now to prevent crisis from becoming catastrophe.

Other critical issues many national education groups continue to advocate for in the next round of congressional action include enacting temporary flexibility to a limited set of IDEA provisions and increasing funding for the FCC’s E-Rate program to help close the homework gap and assist students who lack reliable home internet access and are at risk of falling behind during COVID-19 remote learning.

TWITTER TALK

@akarhuse
In Unprecedented Times, These Principals Are Going All Out on Teacher Appreciation: blogs.edweek.org/edweek/Distric via @educationweek #ThankATeacher

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In Unprecedented Times, These Principals Are Going All Out on Teacher Appreciation

 

@zachscott33
.@NASSP will continue to advocate for federal supports to help students and educators as they navigate the #COVID19 crisis - Education Groups Crank Up Pressure on Congress With $250 Billion Request blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig… via @educationweek

 

@GWaples
Education funding was decimated for years after the Great Recession. We cannot let that happen again. That is why today over 70 national organizations, including @NASSP, called for $250 billion to stabilize education funding in the wake of COVID-19

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RELEASE: Over 70 Organizations Call for at Least $250 Billion in Education Stimulus Funding

 

@NASSP
Dr. Erika Burden has been named NASSP Advocacy Champion of the Year! Read about her accomplishments here: bit.ly/3ch8GLP #PrincipalsAdvocate

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Take Action

Enabling remote learning in response to the coronavirus means ensuring that all students have reliable home internet access. The FCC and Congress have the power to use the E-Rate program to support our neediest students. Send them a message NOW and tell them that E-Rate accessibility can’t wait in this time of crisis.

 

Other News

Dr. Erika Burden was named the 2020 NASSP Advocacy Champion of the Year, and her outstanding accomplishments were recognized in a virtual ceremony last month.


The 2020 NASSP Advocacy Conference has gone virtual! Key sessions that would have been presented in person at the conference will now be made available virtually to all advocates. Sign up to stay in the loop as the events are scheduled.


As part of an ongoing series, NASSP hosted a town hall last week with four principals who are veterans in advocating to their elected officials to discuss how schools’ greatest needs during the COVID-19 crisis can best be communicated to Congress, state legislatures, and other policymakers.


Despite calls from NASSP, NAESP, and state school leader organizations, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recommended against granting temporary flexibility to certain provisions of IDEA during COVID-19 school building closures. NASSP will continue to advocate that Congress implement a specific, limited set of recommendations that are needed to best serve students and families during this time.


Education advocates are speaking out against Secretary DeVos funneling a portion of public CARES Act funding toward “microgrants” that can be used for private entities.

 

In This Month’s Principal Leadership

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In this month’s “Advocacy Agenda,” 2013 Digital Principal of the Year Carrie Jackson discusses how school leaders can advocate through social media. Read the column to find out how you can leverage social media tools for the needs of your students and school.

For more advocacy tweets, follow NASSP and the advocacy staff on Twitter:

 

NASSP
@nassp

 

 

Amanda Karhuse
@akarhuse

 

 

Zachary Scott
@zachscott33

 

 

Greg Waples
@GWaples

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