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The 2019 National Principals Conference Is Next Week!


NPC19 is set to begin next week in Boston, where thousands of school leaders, education experts, thought leaders, elected officials, and others will gather for three days of networking, professional learning, advocacy, and fun.

At this year’s conference, the agenda features five concurrent sessions focusing on education policy and advocacy. In the annual “State of American Education” session, elected officials and education policy experts will examine the impact of recent teacher walkouts around the country and how those walkouts are changing the conversation about funding in many states. The panel will also explore how education is already being discussed in the context of the 2020 presidential election and what the future may hold.

Not able to make it to this year’s conference? Don’t worry, the “State of American Education” session will be streamed via the NASSP Facebook page. Tune in at 9:15 a.m. (ET) on Saturday, July 20, to watch the session live, or catch the recording later on our page!

You can also join in the conversation and keep up with everything that’s happening at the conference by following #NPC19.


House Passes NASSP-Supported 2020 Education Funding Package

In a victory for public education, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a package of funding bills last month that included a $4 billion boost in FY 2020 for the Department of Education. Some key programs that would receive additional funding under the proposal include:

  • $1 billion increase for Title I
  • $500 million increase for Title II
  • $150 million increase for Title IV
  • $1 billion increase for IDEA
  • $5 million increase for Comprehensive Literacy Development Grants

The House budget would have an immediate impact on schools across the country, providing much-needed resources and support to underserved districts as well as more professional development opportunities for school leaders and teachers.

Now, it’s time for the Republican-controlled Senate to consider their own appropriations proposal. It is unlikely the Senate will advance the large funding increases proposed by the House, but compromises could be reached that result in some level of increased education funding. In order to make a difference in the coming months, advocates must contact their senators as Congress attempts to avert another stalemate and potential shutdown in the fall.


I’m excited to join @massp at #EdCon19 to talk about federal education policy and the great things happening at the @NASSP Policy & Advocacy Center!


We urge all @NASSP members and other educators to contact their members to support the Success in the Middle Act. @RepRaulGrijalva and @SenWhitehouse both did an excellent job crafting a bill to support middle level students! #SuccessintheMiddle


Teacher/principal shortages are major issues facing schools today. The good news is there's policy that can help reduce turnover and incentivize great candidates to enter the profession.

New @NASSP @LPI_Learning research is tackling this issue #education


Greg Johnson, West-Liberty Salem High School principal and NASSP Principal Recovery Network member, is speaking today at #PTACon19.

NASSP is proud to partner with @NationalPTA on efforts that will keep schools, students, and educators safe.

For more advocacy tweets, join us on social media by following NASSP and the advocacy staff on Twitter:

NASSP   @nassp
Amanda Karhuse   @akarhuse
Zachary Scott   @zachscott33
Greg Waples   @GWaples

Take Action

Last month, the House of Representatives passed a $500 million increase for Title II funding, which supports professional development for school leaders. Contact your representatives and senators now and urge them to continue supporting educational funding increases for FY 2020!


Other News

NASSP co-hosted a “Success in the Middle: The Need to Improve the Middle Grades” congressional briefing on June 26. The event featured Glasgow Middle School Principal Shawn DeRose.

Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recently introduced S.1541—the Tobacco-Free Youth Act—which would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21. NASSP strongly supports the legislation.

Sen. Kaine hosted a roundtable event in Virginia to discuss solving the teen vaping epidemic. NASSP supported and participated in the event.

The first research brief in NASSP’s partnership with the Learning Policy Institute (LPI), which examines the issue of principal turnover, is available online! The second brief in the project will be released next week at NPC.

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