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  • June 3, 2013 - NAESP Partners with White House for Mental Health Conference The event brought together national leaders from education, state and local governments, as well as other stakeholders including mental health advocates and health care providers to discussed how to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues.
  • April 26, 2013 - Principals’ Groups Applaud Introduction of Bill to Support School Leadership, Urge Congress to Include Key Provisions in ESEA. Read the press releases here.
  • Feb. 26, 2013 - State Leaders Meet with Federal Policymakers Principals tell Capitol Hill that accountability systems place too much emphasis on student test scores. Read Ed Week's coverage of NAESP's new policy proposals. 
  • Feb. 25, 2013 - Principals Tackle Tough Issues at NLC In presentations from policy experts, principals from around the country got the scoop on the education and funding issues that have Capitol Hill divided.
  • Feb. 25, 2013 - Top White House Officials Kick Off NLC Almost 200 school leaders gathered in Washington, D.C. for NAESP's National Leaders Conference to speak up for the nation's principals and schools.
  • Jan 29, 1013 - Celebrate Digitial Learning on Feb. 6 Join NAESP, more than 50 national organizations, 45 states plus the District of Columbia, and over 17,000 teachers to celebrate Digital Learning Day taking place Wednesday, Feb. 6 to showcase promising practices in digital learning from around the country.
  • Sept. 18, 2012 - Sequester Transparency Report Released OMB releases a much-anticipated report on the impact of the scheduled 8.2 percent across-the-board budget cuts without expected details.
  • July 13, 2012 - NAESP Calls for "Balanced Approach" to Funding Cuts NAESP, along with an unprecedented array of nearly 3,000 national, state, and local groups from the education, health, public safety and other fields, delivered a letter to Congress this week calling for a “balanced approach” to deficit reduction.
  • June 27, 2012 - Iowa Denied NCLB Waiver Iowa is the first state to be a denied a waiver by the Department of Education.
  • June 15, 2012 - Senate Boosts Funding for Title I, IDEA The new appropriations bill for fiscal year (FY) 2013, passed in a party line vote of 16-14, provides a modest overall increase from FY 2012 funding levels, including a $100 million increase for both Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) and Title I.
  • June 13, 2012 - Senate Subcommittee Approves Funding Bill Yesterday, in the first of many steps for an appropriations bill to become law, the Senate Labor, Health & Human Services, Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved its Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 funding bill by a party line vote of 10 to 7.
  • June 11, 2012 - Senate Committee to Vote on Education Funding Bill On Tuesday, June 12, the Senate Labor, Health & Human Services, Education Appropriation Subcommittee plans to mark up their Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 appropriations bill. The full Senate Appropriations Committee is set to vote Thursday, June 14 on the bill.
  • June 5, 2012 - Lessons from Green Ribbon Schools This week, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) formally recognized the 78 schools, representing 29 states and Washington, D.C., that were awarded the first-ever Green Ribbon School honor earlier in the year. During the ceremony, ED released a document with stories from each winning school and examples of ways these schools reduced their environmental impact, improved environmental education, and created a healthier learning environment.
  • May 30, 2012 - Report on Broadband in Schools Released The State Educational Technology Directors Association recently released The Broadband Imperative: Recommendations to Address K-12 Education Infrastructure Needs, highlighting trends in broadband in educational settings. The report offers ideas to assess infrastructure needs in schools to ensure students and teachers can use technology effectively.
  • May 29, 2012 - Eight States Awarded NLCB Waivers Today, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced that it has awarded Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island waivers from certain provisions of No Child Left Behind.
  • May 22, 2012 - Budget Cuts May Be Even Deeper Than Projected More projections about the looming across-the-board cuts from the Budget Control Act are emerging, and the latest one, issued by the Bipartisan Policy Center, estimates that the cuts may be even deeper than predicted.
  • May 16, 2012 - Dept. of Ed Releases Guidelines on Restraint Yesterday, the Department of Education released Restraint and Seclusion: Resource Document, which outlines 15 principles for states, localities, and districts to follow as they develop discipline policies related to restraint and seclusion.
  • May 9, 2012 - Budget Watch: House May Cut "Safety Net" Programs Today, the House of Representatives is voting on a bill with recommendations from several House commitees on how to save enough money to stave off some of the looming across-the-board cuts. The package to reduce part of the automatic spending cuts does not spare programs equally—it eliminates Defense Department cuts, while shifting all of the automatic cuts to nondefense discretionary spending, which includes the Department of Education.
  • May 7, 2012 - NAESP Supports Extension of Payments to Rural Counties The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS), a significant source of funding for rural schools, may be on the chopping block. In the coming days, the House and Senate Conference Committee is set to debate the Senate-passed Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill. SRS is an amendment attached to the bill, and the committee could vote to exclude it from the final conference report.
  • May 2, 2012 - Rural Education Summit Resources Available Monday’s online National Rural Education Technology Summit attracted more than 1,200 education professionals and students across the country. Missed the event? Recorded sessions and resources featuring a wide range of programs, including loan and grant opportunities, are available online.
  • May 1, 2012 - New Estimate on the Size of Education Cuts The Center on Budget Policy and Priorities has released an analysis of looming sequestration, titled "How the Across-the-Board Cuts in the Budget Control Act Will Work." The newest estimate for the size of the cut, set to occur January of 2013, is 8.4 percent. Earlier estimates indicated 7.9 percent or 9.1 percent cuts would occur. A cut of 8.4 percent would result in a $3.80 billion reduction to the U.S. Department of Education’s discretionary funds.
  • May 1, 2012 - Report Examines Effect of Principal Leadership Historically, data quantifying the effect principals have on student outcomes has been hard to come by. But that's changing, with reseach from the Wallace Foundation indicating that principals are second only to teachers in their impact on achievement. A new report from the Center for Public Education, an initiative of the National School Boards Association, examines this research and more, compiling data on the role of principals.
  • April 27, 2012 - Together for Tomorrow Challenge Launched Last week, the U.S. Department of Education launched "Together for Tomorrow: A School Improvement Challenge," which aims to strengthen community involvement in neighborhood schools.
  • April 27, 2012 - Top-Line Allocations Set for Education Funding The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate have now released their Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 allocations for the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education appropriations bills.
  • April 24, 2012 - Register for Online Rural Technology Summit The National Rural Education Technology Summit, hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, will take place Monday, April 30, from noon to 6 p.m. (Eastern) and will highlight how technology can be used in education to overcome barriers of distance and access. Sessions in this free virtual conference are designed for students, teachers, and administrators to interact with experts that will provide resources and best classroom practices.
  • April 23, 2012 - Green School Award Winners Announced The U.S. Department of Education announced the first winners of the Green School Award, which recognized 78 schools that promote healthy school environments and offer quality environmental education to students.
  • Aptil 20, 2012 - Assistant Principals Honored with House Resolution The House of Representatives designated this week (April 16- 20, 2012) as National Assistant Principals Week, recognizing the pivotal role assistant principals play in fostering positive learning environments and strengthening building relationships in schools
  • April 16, 2012 - Campaign to Stop Education Cuts Launced The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), of which NAESP is a member, has launched a campaign to stop the looming massive proposed funding cuts to education.
  • April 11, 2012 - Report: Pre-K Spending Down Nationally The State of Preschool 2011 Yearbook, just released, shows that national investments in pre-K programs have dropped to historic levels while enrollment in most states has swollen.
  • April 10, 2012 - Early Education Funding Alloted for 5 States The Department of Education has announced that $133 million will be made available in Race to the TopEarly Learning Challenge Grants for five states that fell just short of winning the first round of awards.
  • April 2, 2012 - New Data on Potential Federal Budget Cuts Available The White House released state-by-state data on the impact the House budget resolution would have on a variety of programs, including IDEA funding, Head Start eligibility, and college affordability.
  • April 2, 2012 - NAESP Supports the Rebuild America Act Introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), the legislation would allocate more than $320 billion in federal aid to modernize schools and support the professional development of principals, revitalize ailing infrastructure, and fund other important initiatives to spur job creation.
  • March 30, 2012 - House Passes 2013 Budget Resolution Resolution mapping out priorities for coming year passes with wide margin, continues partisan tone of federal funding decisions.
  • March 28, 2012 - Proposed Budget to slash Education Funding The House is set to debate and vote on Rep. Ryan's dangerous budget plan. The budget is expected to gain wide support in the U. S. House of Representatives.
  • March 22, 2012 - House Committee Passes Budget Resolution The House FY 2013 Budget Resolution would dramatically cut education funding,  NAESP encourages principals to contact their congressional representatives in opposition.
  • March 6, 2012 - NAESP Remembers Rep. Donald Payne NAESP is saddened to learn today about the passing of New Jersey Representative Donald Payne, a senior member of the House Education and Workforce Committee.
  • Feb. 29, 2012 - ESEA Bills Pass House Committee The Student Success Act (HR 3989) and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teaching Act (HR 3990) were considered and passed on a straight party-line vote.
  • Feb. 14, 2012 - President Outlines Education Priorities in Budget Under the proposal, the Department of Education would receive a 2.5 percent increase in funding for programs like Race to the Top and new initiatives to improve college affordability.
  • Feb. 7, 2012 - NAESP Responds to Draft ESEA Bills NAESP has combed through the House of Representatives' draft bill rewriting the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and has sent feedback focused on the interests of principals.
  • Jan. 18, 2012 - Principals to Convene for Federal Relations Conference NAESP federal relations coordinators will travel to Washington, D.C., for the opportunity to meet with lawmakers to discuss NAESP’s advocacy priorities, and hear from Capitol Hill insiders on efforts to update current federal education policy.
  • Jan. 9, 2012 - House GOP Releases Draft ESEA Bills The House of Representatives has released draft Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) bills that may be introduced in the future as formal legislation.
  • Dec. 17, 2011 - Don't Expect A Deal on ESEA Next Year A volley of statements between education committee leaders confirmed what NAESP has anticipated: In light of a vigorous election year on tap, Congress will not have the political will to come to consensus on a final ESEA bill next year.
  • Nov. 22, 2011 - Education Cuts on the Horizon for 2013 Unless Congress acts over the next year, the Super Committee's failure to reach an agreement triggers across-the-board budget cuts set to take place starting January, 2013. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that domestic discretionary spending, including the Department of Education, will be hit with cuts ranging from 7.8 percent in 2013 to 5.5 percent in 2021.
     
  • Oct. 21, 2011 - A Lot to Like and Not to Like: ESEA Moves Forward in Senate Committee The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee completed consideration of a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) after a 12-hour session and plenty of maneuvering on both sides of the political aisle.
  • Sept. 12, 2011 - NAESP President Attends White House Jobs Speech, Supports Legislation NAESP President Rob Monson attended President Obama’s Sept. 12 White House speech on the American Jobs Act, which proposes to prevent hundreds of thousands of teacher layoffs and modernize schools.

 

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