School Leadership Groups Disappointed by Negotiated Budget Deal

States and districts will receive fewer funds for educator support and professional development

RESTON, VA– The American Federation of School Administrators, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals-representing the nation’s 120,000 school leaders-issued the following statement regarding funding for Title II Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):

We are extremely disappointed by Congressional negotiators’ decision to cut $294 million from FY17 funding for the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants block grant, or Title II Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As a result of this deep and painful reduction, each state and school district will have to strip 12.5% of funds from districts’ efforts to recruit, induct and train our nation’s educators. If Congress and the Administration are serious about improving educational practice and increasing student achievement, slashing federal spending for our educators’ professional needs is the wrong course. We call on Congress and the Administration to restore these dollars in FY18 and make this critical program whole again.

About AFSA
The American Federation of School Administrators is the exclusive union for administrators, professionals and supervisors advocating for excellence and equity in all of our schools, workplaces and communities. AFSA members are leaders in their schools and communities and are charged with the privilege and responsibility of helping to mold our nation’s students into successful, mindful individuals. As school leaders, AFSA members are constantly advocating for better public schools and systems of education. AFSA members are active in the labor movement and proudly stand in solidarity with all trade unionists and school administrators.

Principals are the primary catalysts for creating lasting foundations for learning. Since 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) has been the leading advocate for elementary and middle level principals in the United States and worldwide. NAESP advances the profession by developing policy, advancing advocacy and providing professional development and resources for instructional leadership, including specialized support and mentoring for early career principals. Key focus areas include pre-K-3 education, school safety, technology and digital learning, and effective educator evaluation. For more information about NAESP, please visit NAESP administers the National Principals Resource Center, the American Student Council Association, and the President’s Education Awards & American Citizenship Awards Programs.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and more than 36 countries around the world. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor SocietyNational Junior Honor SocietyNational Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.