New Leaders is pleased that a bipartisan congressional coalition has called for robust funding for 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.
In a letter from April 4, 2017, Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA), asked Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK) and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to fund SLRSP at $30 million in the FY 2018 appropriations bill.
The 16 Members represent a diverse collection of communities, including urban and rural, from 11 states across the country—including Arizona, Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Texas, and Vermont.
In the letter, the Representatives 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] And strong school leaders have a particularly pronounced effect on the lowest-performing schools.[iii]
The coalition further argues that investments in SLRSP “can amplify other investments in educator quality and lead to improved outcomes for educators, students, and families,” and that “a relatively small federal investment 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 members for their strong support of and commitment to school leadership.