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