Current funding for four federal programs, which already reflects FY11 levels, have been cut an additional 1.5 percent. Three of these programs affect elementary and middle-level education. As Congress faces several deadlines in the coming weeks, more cuts are likely. NAESP continues to fight hard against these cuts.
Students likely don't know the details or completely understand the significance of Sept. 11. Use these resources to address the 10th anniversary of the attacks.
In the September/October Speaking Out, the author declares his “detest” for grade retention, saying that some teachers are too quick to suggest retention for struggling students. The author says students who repeat a grade seldom persist to graduation. What interventions does your school have in place before retaining a student? Tell us what you think.
“One of the most common traits of a successful school is strong leadership,” writes Education Daily reporter Adam Dolge. His article, “NAESP Calls for Stronger Principal Evaluations,” reviews the results of a recently released report and describes the Principal Evaluation Initiative.
“This is a most hopeful time for America’s public schools,” said keynoter Jamie Vollmer, who addressed principals during the Opening Session of NAESP’s National Leaders Conference.
Attendees of NAESP’s National Leaders Conference spent a productive day lobbying on Capitol Hill for our nation’s students, as evidenced by the stories that were shared during the Hill Visit Debrief.
Education program spending cuts, consolidation, and elimination remain congressional priorities.
While top leaders in the House and Senate continue to tackle larger disputes on deficit reduction, spending cuts, and tax increases before the debt limit deadline later this summer, Congress and the U.S. Department of Education finally released the plan for the 2011 fiscal year’s spending on education programs, seven months after the start of the fiscal year. The news for education funding for FY 2011 is disappointing. At this time, the outlook for FY 2012 is shaping up to be worse.
K-8 principals will be directly impacted by programs proposed for elimination, including the School Leadership Program that provides professional development support.
Last week, Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, introduced the first in a series of bills that will be considered by the House Education and the Workforce Committee to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
AYP scores giving you the blues? The author of the May/June Speaking Out article says principals shouldn’t allow school-accountability labels bring them down. “Rather than fear the label, today’s building leader should embrace the realities and seek to lead in a climate that is desperately craving instructional leaders and role models for the school community to follow,” writes William Sterrett.