On behalf of 74 local, state, and national organizations, 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.
The letter calls on Congress to restore funding for SLRSP at $14.5 million in any FY 2019 appropriations bill in order to seed innovative, evidence-based school leadership programs and partnerships that promise a return for students, schools, and communities that far exceeds this targeted investment.
Past federal investments via the School Leadership Program seeded some of the country’s most innovative and effective principal preparation programs. Of note, 100 percent of SLRSP grants would go to projects designed to prepare and support school leaders serving the children and communities most in need.
Getting a well-prepared, well-supported principal in every school is a bipartisan cause, and the SLRSP is a key lever for seeding the next generation of effective school leader development programs, promoting equity, advancing ongoing innovation, and sharing cutting-edge lessons on transformational leadership with the broader field.