New Leaders is pleased that a bipartisan congressional coalition has called for 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 March 19, 2018, 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 $14.5 million in the FY 2019 appropriations bill.
In the letter, the 18 Representatives highlight that SLRSP builds on the “demonstrated track record of effectiveness” of the School Leadership Program (SLP) in making the case for level-funding the program. SLP previously seeded some of the most innovative and effective school leadership development programs in the country—including New Leaders, the NYC Leadership Academy, and other high-quality, evidence-based principal preparation and professional development programs.
The coalition further notes 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.” We wholeheartedly agree.
New Leaders thanks these Members for their strong support of and commitment to school leadership.