School Leaders Unite to Advocate for ESSA Implementation on Capitol Hill

AFSA members joined the National Association of Elementary and Secondary Principals (NAESP) on Capitol Hill in advocating for ESSA implementation. Over 200 principals from across the nation gathered on Tues., March 15 in an effort to improve federal policies that will help states and districts build the capacity of principals and advance school improvement. Specific points included:

  • Ensure oversight of ESSA implementation so that states and districts provide comprehensive support for principal leadership.
  • Strengthen the quality of principal recruitment, preparation and retention programs in any efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA), with support for the Educator Preparation Reform Act (EPRA) to provide principal mentoring, induction and residency programs as part of principal preparation programs.
  • Build school and educator capacity to address student data privacy, with support for the SAFE KIDS (Safeguarding American Families from Exposure by Keeping Information and Data Secure) Act and the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act.
  • Advocate for $30 million for the School Leader Recruitment and Support Program (SLRSP), the only federal initiative that directly supports the recruitment, preparation, placement, support, and retention of effective principals and other school leaders in high-need schools

Principals also advocated for critical funding of federal education programs that continue to be the cornerstone of helping educators improve student outcomes, such as Title I, Title II Part A, IDEA Part B state grants, and the new Title IV formula block grant program.