H.R. 1736 – The School Principal Recruitment and Training Act of 2013

The School Principal Recruitment and Training Act of 2013

Purpose: To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to recruit, prepare, and support principals through capacity-building measures that will improve student academic achievement in high-need schools

Sponsor: Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA)

Co-Sponsors: Rep Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [GU], Rep Lujan, Ben Ray [NM-3], Rep Polis, Jared [CO-2],
Rep Roybal-Allard, Lucille [CA-40]

Summary:
Requires grantees to work with experts and stakeholders to develop, during the first year of a grant, a leadership training program for principals, mentors, and other school leaders that prepares and supports them in leading effective school reform efforts in persistently low-achieving schools.

Requires grantees to use the grants, after that first year, to: (1) implement their leadership training program; (2) ensure that their training program is informed, on an ongoing basis, by consultations with experts and stakeholders and by tracking the performance of program graduates; (3) select cohorts of experienced principals to lead school reform efforts in persistently low-achieving schools; (4) support and encourage interaction among principals who have completed the training program; and (5) disseminate information to principals, mentors, and other school leaders engaging in reform efforts in persistently low-achieving schools.

Status: 7/8/2013 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.

AFSA Position: More training for principals is always welcome, but it looks like there is some concern that principals would be evaluated on test scores, and would allow funding to go to New Leaders for New Schools.