The Principals' Office Blog

What’s Your Take on Merit Pay?

Our My Two Cents question for this month is: Should teachers and principals earn merit pay/performance-based bonuses? If so, based on what criteria? In addition to the responses we printed in the magazine, here is what some of your other colleagues had to say:

Congressional Panel Discusses ESEA With Principals

As part of NAESP’s National Leaders Conference on Thursday, the Association and AASA kicked the day into gear with a Congressional Panel comprised of speakers from the U.S. House of Representatives.

Principals Gather in Nation’s Capital to Impact ESEA Reauthorization

While students are on summer vacation, principals from around the nation have come to Washington, D.C., to take part in NAESP’s National Leaders Conference

ESEA Update - Flexibility Bill

ESEA Flexibility for States and Local Districts – Will this Help Principals Better Serve Disadvantaged Students?

NAESP Foundation's Expert Panel Discusses Pre-K-3 Alignment

High-quality early learning is the building block for student achievement. But for it to support a strong foundation for students, it has to be aligned with primary grades and federal policy.

ESEA: Legislative Renewal or Regulatory Relief?

In Monday’s issue of Politico, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that the Department of Education would be ready to provide “regulatory relief” from the current iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), otherwise known as No Child Left Behind, if Congress is unable to reauthorize the law before the end of the year.

NAESP Urges Regulatory Relief for Cash-Strapped Schools

Last week, NAESP joined fifteen members of the Learning First Alliance in urging the U.S.  Department of Education to consider issuing regulations to relieve states and local districts from unnecessary burdens authorized by No Child Left Behind, which was enacted in 2002. As Congress works to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which expired three years ago, states and local districts face burdensome and costly requirements under the law and must redirect scarce resources to avoid sanctions.

House Committee Passes ESEA Repeals Bill

The first in a series of bills to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) passed the House Education and the Workforce Committee yesterday by a party line vote of 23-16. The Republican bill, HR 1891 New Priorities in Education Spending Act, seeks to eliminate 43 education programs in order to eliminate “ineffective” and “duplicative” programs and reduce the role of the federal government in education.

Early Learning Challenge Fund Wins Big Under Race to the Top Program

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced plans to use approximately $500 million of the fiscal year 2011 Race to the Top funding for a major competition in support of bold and comprehensive state plans for raising the quality of early learning programs.

Sixth Annual Service Day Kicks Off 2014 Conference

Principals teamed up to build a playground at Nashville's Inglewood Elementary.

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