On behalf of 56 organizations as well as more than 200 educators, education leaders, leadership program faculty, and advocates, New Leaders submitted a letter to the U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies regarding the School Leader Recruitment and Support Program (SLRSP)—the only federal program specifically focused on investing in evidence-based, locally-driven strategies to strengthen school leadership in high-need schools.
Past federal investments via the School Leadership Program seeded some of the country’s most innovative and effective principal preparation programs, including many that meet the highest levels of evidence under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Moreover, SLP investments have galvanized dramatic changes to the principal preparation sector as a whole: led by the efforts of several SLP grantees, there is now remarkable consensus that all programs—those offered by universities as well as alternative providers—should deploy evidence-based practices and use student achievement and other outcomes to assess program quality.
SLRSP can build on these successes and advance a vital, bipartisan cause: getting a well-prepared, well-supported principal in every school.
Every teacher deserves a great boss and every student should get to attend a school led by a highly effective principal. Moreover, effective school leadership is critical to delivering on ESSA’s promise of local control: strong, sustained, cost-efficient implementation of school improvement strategies that get results for kids in every classroom, every year. SLRSP can catalyze change to advance these goals, and that’s why it’s so important that funding for this critical, evidence-based program is preserved in any final FY 2018 appropriations deal.