Press | New Leaders Commends U.S. Senators for Supporting School Leadership Funding

New Leaders is thrilled that a congressional coalition has called for funding for the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program (Title II, Part A) and the School Leader Recruitment and Support Program (SLRSP) in FY 2019. SLRSP is the only federal program specifically focused on investing in evidence-based, locally-driven strategies to strengthen school leadership in high-need schools, and its funding was unfortunately zeroed out in the final FY 2018 spending deal.

Thirty-eight members of the U.S. Senate, led by Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and 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 $14.5 million in the FY 2019 appropriations bill.

In the letter, the Senators note that a previous iteration of SLRSP “seeded principal training and support programs with a demonstrated track record of effectiveness,” enabling “thousands of teachers—along with hundreds of thousands of students—have the opportunity to work and learn in schools where school leaders

have the tools to help them maximize their potential.” The coalition further explains that both Title II, Part A- and SLRSP-supported “leadership strategies can amplify other investments in educator quality and lead to improved outcomes for teachers, students, and families.”

New Leaders thanks these Senators for their strong support of and commitment to school leadership, and especially for their efforts to reinstate crucial funding for SLRSP.

Read the letter.