Press | New Leaders commends Members of Congress for supporting school leadership funding

New Leaders is thrilled that a congressional coalition has called for robust funding for the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program (Title II, Part A) and the School Leader Recruitment and Support Program (SLRSP). SLRSP is the only federal program specifically focused on investing in evidence-based, locally-driven strategies to strengthen school leadership in high-need schools.

In a letter from May 25, 2017, thirty members of the U.S. Senate, led by Senator Al Franken (D-MN) with Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), asked Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to fund Title II, Part A at $2.295 billion and SLRSP at $30 million in the FY 2018 appropriations bill.

In the letter, the Senators recognize that in every type of school and community, “strong school leaders have an outsized effect on student achievement.” Indeed, more than a decade of research shows that well-prepared, well-supported principals have a huge influence on student success. School leaders account for 25 percent of a school’s impact on student learning,[i] and an above-average principal can improve student achievement by 20 percentage points.[ii]

The coalition further explains that both Title II, Part A and SLRSP “can help develop a pipeline of skilled new principals and target experienced principals who are in their first year tackling the challenges of school turnaround,” where research demonstrates strong school leaders have a particularly pronounced effect. [iii] As explained in the letter, the Senators argue that federal investments in school leadership “can have a huge influence on locally-driven efforts to get well-prepared, well-supported principals in our highest-need schools.”

New Leaders thanks these Senators for their strong support of and commitment to school leadership.

Read the letter

[i] Leithwood, K., Seashore Louis, K., Anderson, S., & Wahlstrom, K. (2004). How leadership influences student learning: A review of research for the Learning from Leadership Project. New York, NY: The Wallace Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/Pages/How-Leadership-Influences-Student-Learning.aspx.

[ii] Marzano, R. J., Waters, T., & McNulty, B. A. (2005). School leadership that works: From research to results. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

[iii] Seashore Louis, K., Leithwood, K., Wahlstrom, K., & Anderson, S. (2010). Investigating the links to improved student learning. Washington, DC: Wallace Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/Pages/Investigating-the-Links-to-Improved-Student-Learning.aspx.