Tell Congress to Support Principals in Reauthorization of ESEA

As the House is moving quickly on its legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), it is time to take action and urge Congress to further support the role of school principals.


The ESEA, known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), does not provide principals with adequate support, training and resources but still holds them accountable if their schools fail to make adequate yearly progress (AYP). Congress is now rapidly working to reauthorize ESEA, which presents a tremendous opportunity to elevate the role of principals in improving student achievement, and have their voices heard.


AFSA, NAESP and NASSP recently submitted detailed comments in response to legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to reauthorize the law, H.R. 5, the Student Success Act of 2015. The comments reflect the need to strengthen ESEA so that it acknowledges the vital role of principals, and provides them with the necessary professional support to ensure improved learning for all students.


As a leader in your school and in your community, your voice is extremely powerful in this debate. Please take a moment to send this letter to your representatives in Congress, and urge them to consider the voice of school leaders in reauthorizing ESEA. While a sample letter has been provided for you, we strongly urge you to personalize the letter where possible.


Thank you for your leadership and efforts in improving public school education for all children.

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