This week, the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations approved a Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. We are pleased that the spending proposal includes funding for programs that can be used to support state and local school leadership initiatives.
At the same time, we are deeply disappointed to learn that the proposal includes no 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.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a spending bill that also included no funding for SLRSP. You can read our response to that action here.
As the FY2019 appropriations process moves forward, we will continue to urge Congress to reinstate funding for SLRSP and to foster a growing coalition of supporters to advocate for a focus on school leadership at the federal, state, and local levels. And we will work tirelessly to push for strong school leadership funding in FY2020 and beyond to support state and local efforts to leverage effective, equitable leadership to transform schools, support teachers, and advance student learning and achievement.