Press | Coalitions calls on Congress to provide strong funding for school leadership

New Leaders, as part of a diverse coalition of 50 organizations and more than 100 educators, education leaders, and advocates from across the country, urged Congress to provide strong funding of $30 million for the School Leader Recruitment and Support Program (SLRSP) in FY2018.

SLRSP is an updated version of the School Leadership Program and was reauthorized in the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). It is the only federal program specifically focused on investing in evidence-based, locally-driven strategies to strengthen school leadership in high-need schools and, in the past, has seeded some of the country’s most innovative and effective principal preparation programs.

Read the SLRSP coalition letter.

In addition, New Leaders—along with the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), ASCD, Learning Forward, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and more than 100 other national and regional organizations—called on Congress to fully fund the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program (Title II, Part A) in FY2018.

Ninety-four percent of school districts receive Title II, Part A funds, and dedicated principals, teacher leaders, and other school leaders across the country rely on these dollars for professional development and other investments critical for student success. Moreover, states are actively planning to use Title II funds to bolster their human capital strategies under ESSA, including by using a new 3 percent set-aside to invest specifically in developing and supporting principals and school leaders.

Read the Title II, Part A leadership coalition letter.