Statement on House Passage of FY 2020 Education-Health-Labor Appropriations Bill

Statement from NAESP Executive Director Dr. L. Earl Franks, CAE on House Passage of FY 2020 Education, Health, and Labor Appropriations Bill.

“NAESP applauds the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the FY 2020 Education, Health, and Labor Appropriations Bill. This legislation would provide a critical shot in the arm to schools across the country, ensuring adequate resources to boost student learning, ensure safe and welcoming learning environments for all students, and support principal and teacher professional development. Importantly, the bill provides $2.6 billion – a $500 million increase – for Title II, Part A, the only federal funding source dedicated to the preparation, training, and support of teachers and principals, including professional development opportunities. The bill increases funding for other vital programs as well, including Title IV, Part A, which provides schools with resources to increase access for in-school mental health services. Additionally, the legislation includes $260 million for a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Initiative to support SEL and the whole student. NAESP calls on the U.S. Senate to adopt the education funding levels included in the House-passed bill that will ensure elementary and middle-level principals have the necessary resources to lead successful learning communities that adequately prepare students for life and career.”