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Principals Push Legislators for Changes to ESEA Bills

Education Daily reports that principals’ groups are pushing legislators for changes to the ESEA reauthorization proposals on Capitol Hill- the ESEA reauthorization discussion draft by Chairman Lamar Alexander, and the Student Success Act, H.R. 5, which is up for consideration by the House. AFSA, NAESP, NASSP have sent a letter to the Senate HELP Committee requesting a carve out of [...]

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Newark “Renew School” Reform Effort Fails Again

A report just released by the Alliance for the Newark Public Schools clearly reveals the failure of Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson’s Renew School Reform attempt.  This Report augments the findings in the Alliances first report, released in December 2014, which also revealed the failure of the Renew School scheme. The results of this Second Report, which can be found here, [...]

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New Twitter Campaign Supports Principals #PD4Principals

New Twitter Campaign Supports Principals #PD4Principals

We continue collaboration with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) on getting the voice of school leaders heard while Congress discusses the next version of ESEA. Together we have proposed that Congress require 10 percent of Title II funds be dedicated to principals’ ongoing development. In order to raise [...]

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Principals’ Groups Endorse Bill to Support School Leadership

Principals’ Groups Endorse Bill to Support School Leadership

Principals’ Groups Applaud Introduction of Bill to Support School Leadership, Urge Congress to Include Key Provisions in ESEA Reauthorization Bill seeks to improve current federal programs to better support aspiring and in-service principals through one-year residency, mentoring, and other professional development Contact: Bob Farrace, NASSP, farraceb@nassp.org Kelly Pollitt, NAESP, kpollitt@naesp.org Susan Merida, AFSA, susan@tricompr.com February 19, 2015; Alexandria, VA, Reston, VA, and Washington, [...]

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White House Not in Favor of House Republican’s NCLB Rewrite

According to POLITICO Pro, the White House released a report criticizing House Republican’s plan to rewrite No Child Left Behind (NCLB) stating that the combination of the bill’s spending levels and Title I portability provision would be extremely harmful to schools. The report says that the bill’s approach “is backwards and our teachers and kids deserve better.” Title I portability [...]

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Tell Congress to Support Principals in Reauthorization of ESEA

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 [...]

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Senate HELP Committee Member Criticizes Title I Portability

Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray has stated that she is hoping Republicans will reconsider their proposal to make Title I funds portable in the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).   Murray disagrees with the proposal, saying she’s “focused on making sure every child has access to a quality education, no matter where they live how they [...]

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ESEA Recommendations to Senate HELP Committee

ESEA Recommendations to Senate HELP Committee

Senator Lamar Alexander’s discussion draft to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) does not go nearly far enough in recognizing the role principals play in schools serving children from pre-kindergarten to grade 12, and providing them with the support they need to be successful.   In response AFSA, along with National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and National [...]

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Diann Woodard Responds to President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

On Monday, February 2, President Obama released his budget for Fiscal Year 2016. AFSA President Diann Woodard released the following statement in response: “AFSA applauds the President for offering in his FY16 budget request long overdue investments in k-12 education and proposing to end the ill-conceived and self-defeating  sequestration budget cuts. Sequestration decimates funding for the core services we all [...]

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Senate NCLB Hearing on Supporting Teachers and School Leaders

On Tuesday, January 27th, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, held it’s second full committee hearing on NCLB, “Fixing No Child Left Behind: Supporting Teachers and School Leaders.” The hearing focused on teachers and school leaders, and AFSA was pleased there was much discussion on: how to recruit, train, and retain high-quality school leaders; and how to [...]

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