Press | Diverse Coalition Calls on Congress to Provide Strong Funding for School Leadership

New York, NY—Today, a diverse set of 38 organizations from across the country urged the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, HHS, Education & Related Agencies to provide strong funding for the School Leader Recruitment and Support Program (SLRSP)—an updated version of the School Leadership Program (SLP) reauthorized in the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

SLRSP is the only federal program dedicated specifically to strengthening school leadership. It provides high-need school districts with funds to recruit, prepare, support, and retain transformational school leaders.

The undersigned organizations understand that school improvement does not occur without strong school leadership. Research shows—and our experience confirms—the tremendous importance of strong school leadership, especially in underperforming schools. Ninety-seven percent of teachers list school leadership as essential or very important for their career choices—more than any other factor. Moreover, principals account for fully one quarter of a school’s effect on student achievement and a highly effective principal can increase student achievement by as much as 20 percentage points.

Given the undeniable importance of school leaders, this broad coalition urges Congress to fund SLRSP in FY2017 at $30 million, which would cover continuation awards for current SLP grantees and support the first-ever SLRSP competition.

Read the SLRSP coalition letter