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NASSP Principal Recovery Network Briefs Congress on School Safety

The NASSP Principal Recovery Network (PRN) hosted their first-ever public event last week, speaking directly to members of Congress and their staffs at a briefing on Capitol Hill. The school leaders on the panel told emotional stories about the tragic shootings that unfolded in their buildings. They inspired those in attendance as they described the heroism displayed by students, educators, and first responders on the day of the incident, as well as the resilience of their communities in the weeks, months, and years that followed.

Speaking directly to lawmakers, Frank DeAngelis, Elizabeth Brown, Greg Johnson, and Dr. George Roberts made a strong appeal for much-needed federal support to both prevent gun violence in schools and support the recovery of schools like those that have already endured a violent tragedy. The list of legislative priorities brought to Congress’ attention during the event included a significant federal investment in school-based mental health professionals and services; implementation of trauma-informed care practices in schools; and funding for Project School Emergency Response to Violence grants, which provide an immediate lifeline to many schools shattered by gun violence.


PRN Video

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Sweeping Vaping Legislation Passes U.S. House

Late last month, a strong NASSP-supported bill to combat the youth vaping crisis passed through the House of Representatives by a margin of 213-195. H.R. 2339, the Reversing Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act, gathered bipartisan support as it moved through the lower chamber, with members of both parties recognizing the urgent need for federal action. Representatives were compelled by an outpouring of concern around youth vaping, particularly in schools. Introduced by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), H.R. 2339 would prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco as well as place strict restrictions on tobacco advertisements to children.

In recent months, NASSP and thousands of school leaders across the country have consistently contacted and advocated with their elected leaders to support H.R. 2339 and other policies that will help protect children from the harmful effects of vaping and end its persistent disruption to learning in schools. Dozens of other national education and public health groups have spearheaded similar congressional outreach campaigns.

The passage of H.R. 2339 in the House follows other recent anti-vaping victories, including the FY 2020 budget package, which included a provision that raised the legal age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21. The White House also took additional executive action in December by instructing the Food and Drug Administration to remove many flavored e-cigarette products from the market. If passed into law, H.R. 2339 would more completely address restrictions on all flavored tobacco products and codify the policy into law.

Now that the House has done its job, it’s time for the Senate to act. Take a few moments now to contact your senators via email, phone, or tweet using this NASSP action alert and help get H.R. 2339 across the finish line.


A great story about student advocacy profiling one of the members of the @NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee:… via @bmtenterprise #MentalHealth #MoreTitleIV #NASSPStudentVoice


@pfanuele sharing his story of how 20 years ago as an assistant principal he had to deal with cigarette use in schools, and he’s seeing a resurgence of tobacco use among youths with vaping and e-cigarettes. @NASSP


Great coverage of the @NASSP Principal Recovery Network briefing event yesterday from @EdDiveK12. The stories of PRN members overcoming tragedy and how they support their students, staff, and each other are inspirational. Full video-… #PrincipalsAdvocate


"Our goal is for each student to feel respected as their authentic selves — not just to survive the school experience, but, to borrow an expression, to thrive." - Executive Director @BartolettiNASSP speaking at @HRC's #TimeToTHRIVE conference.

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Zachary Scott   @zachscott33
Greg Waples   @GWaples

Take Action

Legislation to combat the vaping epidemic in schools just passed the House and is headed to the Senate! Senators need to hear from you now as they consider H.R. 2339. Send an important message to your officials here with a few clicks.


Other News

NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti spoke at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Time to THRIVE conference last month, encouraging school leaders to create safe and supportive cultures in their building for LGBTQ students.

The federal government recently launched, a clearinghouse of safety resources for schools that also includes a safety assessment and action plan creation tool.

The 2020 census is right around the corner, and ensuring high levels of response is critical to future funding for your school—watch the NASSP virtual event video to learn what principals need to know about the census for their schools.

NASSP and the Learning Policy Institute will release an extensive research report on April 2. The report is a culmination of a yearlong study into the issue of principal turnover.

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) released an important statement in February urging accuracy when referring to lockdowns or other types of armed assailant drills. NASSP endorses the NASP-NASRO best practice consideration guidance for active shooter drills.

NASSP has partnered with When We All Vote to promote voter registration and civic engagement in schools. Take action and get the tools you need to empower your students’ participation in democratic civic discourse.


In This Month’s Principal Leadership

Empowering student civic engagement is one of the most crucial services that principals can offer their students. This month’s “Advocacy Agenda” in Principal Leadership features Sydney Neal, former member of the Student Leadership Advisory Committee, as she shares how her principal promoted student advocacy endeavors.

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