Principal Unions Send Joint Letter to Policymakers on Title II Funds

AFSA continues to advocate for increased support of principal professional development in the reauthorization of ESEA, and through the appropriations process. Together with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), AFSA has sent a letter to the Senate and House Appropriations staff.

Congress must provide direction in the appropriation of the Title II funds to ensure states and districts respond effectively to meet the immediate needs of principals leading the nation’s schools.

We are urging lawmakers to support not less than a 10 percent allocation of Title II funds, so that all principals and school leaders are provided with high-quality professional learning and development activities to improve instructional leadership practice.

As our organizations work with the authorizing committees of jurisdiction to more thoroughly address the needs of principals in the renewal of ESEA, appropriate support for the role of principals is needed immediately.

Principals are not only operational leaders responsible for establishing a safe, supportive, and personalized school environment; they are also instructional leaders, providing ongoing coaching and mentoring to teachers and students.

Furthermore, there are a multitude of demands now placed on principals as a result of increased federal, state, and local regulations concerning a variety of new reform initiatives, such as the implementation of college and career ready standards, new teacher evaluation systems, school improvement models, and new federal accountability requirements.

In order to raise awareness of the critical need for more professional development, we encourage you to participate in our Twitter campaign #PD4Principals. Learn more here .


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Title II Support for Principals-Senate

Title II Support for Principals- House