Press Releases

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 10:42 AM

NASSP and NAESP are gearing up for National Principals Month in October. For more information, please visit the National Principals Month website. Throughout the month, NASSP and NAESP will be actively engaged on social media with the #ThankAPrincipal hashtag. More information will be posted when it is available.

Monday, August 24, 2015 1:30 PM

At the May 2015 meeting of the NASSP Board of Directors, the Board created a new standing committee, the NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee. Membership on this new committee will consist of students, advisers and principals.

The purpose of the NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee is to ensure that NASSP Student Programs (National Association of Student Councils, National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, and National Elementary Honor Society) provide programs, services and resources to members that promote student leadership, voice, service and engagement in alignment with the mission and vision of NASSP.

Committee Authority and Responsibility

Duties and Obligations

  1. a.      To be knowledgeable of all NASSP student programs and services.
  2. b.      Provide periodic review and recommend revisions or enhancements for all Student Program programs, services and initiatives.
  3. c.       Identify student-related issues, topics, and concerns and provide advice and recommendations for NASSP Student Programs Department action, input or response.
  4. d.      Serve as a focus group for the marketing and sales departments to discuss current marketing ideas and review new product ideas as needed.
  5. e.      Provide written and digital submission to Advise magazine and social media platforms.
  6. f.        Represent NASSP Student Programs at special events and meetings as assigned by NASSP staff.

Meeting Requirements

  1. a.      The NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee will meet once during the academic year.
  2. b.      The NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee will meet virtually as needed.

NASSP Board Liaison Responsibilities

  1. a.      Serve as chair of the NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee.
  2. b.      Conduct the NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee meeting.
  3. c.       Provide input and board perspective during discussions.
  4. d.      Participate in the review of applications and selections for the Warren E. Shull and Rynearson Advisers of the Year Awards.
  5. e.      Report activities and work of the NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee to the NASSP Board of Directors through the Programs and Services Committee.

The NASSP Board has designed a selection process for the Student Leadership Advisory Committee that will strengthen our connection to the state principal associations.  The Student Leadership Advisory Committee will be composed of state association nominees only.  The committee will include:

  • Six (6) high school students
  • Three (3) advisers
  • Three (3) principals (two secondary, one middle level)
  • Two (2) middle level students (one to be selected by the middle level principal and one student to be selected by the middle level adviser committee member)

The Student Leadership Advisory Committee will support the NASSP strategic plan to engage student leaders in advocacy by creating a platform for student voice.  Committee members will select and implement a national initiative important to students and to schools.  All committee members will be selected by the NASSP student programs staff and will be subject to the approval of the NASSP Board of Directors.  Each Student Leadership Advisory Committee member will serve a two-year term beginning mid-November 2015 and ending on October 30, 2017.

Each state association may nominate one high school student and one principal (Middle Level or High School).  The adviser committee members will be selected through a national process with application sent directly to NASSP.

If you are interested in serving in this capacity or have a student who may be interested, please contact PA Principals Association President, Jacqueline Clarke Havrilla, at by the deadline of Sept. 25, 2015. Please note: This position is only open to secondary members and secondary/high school students.

Monday, August 24, 2015 9:15 AM

It is not too late to sign-up for Education Law Day at Penn State on Friday Sept 25. There are still some registration spaces available. The keynote speaker will be Thomas Gentzel, the Executive Director for National School Boards Association. He will be speaking about future developments and legal concerns for education.  

The 2015 Education Law Day will have a choice of topics in the afternoon dealing with special education or dealing with emerging legal concerns in athletics. Dr. David Bateman will be speaking in the afternoon special education strand and awarding three copies of his new book, A Principal’s Guide to Special Education, will also be available for purchase at a reduced rate ($36.95 payable and available at the Law Day). Giveaways will be provided at each event ending Education Law Day.

Check out the registration materials (form and brochure below) because the information at this one day may make a world of difference for a student, for your career or for your school.

School Law Day Registration Form

School Law Day Brochure

Friday, August 21, 2015 11:26 AM

Congress is the closest it has been in seven years to reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and we need your help to ensure that the law (also known as No Child Left Behind) is fixed this year.

The House and Senate both passed legislation this summer to reauthorize ESEA, and a bipartisan group of representatives and senators has already begun negotiations to resolve the major differences between the two bills. 

Now is a critical time to make principals' voices heard in Congressional offices. Please send an email to your senators and representatives to let them know what needs to be preserved in the final conference report for the ESEA reauthorization bill to meet its intended purpose of providing teachers and principals with the support they need to ensure every student receives a high quality education. 

NASSP, in collaboration with the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the American Federation of School Administrators, wrote a letter to the Hill detailing priorities for principals in ESEA reauthorization.  Our priorities include better principal preparation and professional development programs, elimination of the one-size-fits-all accountability requirements in NCLB, comprehensive literacy programs for children birth through grade 12, digital learning initiatives, early childhood education alignment and professional development for preK-3 educators, and additional supports for students in middle level and high schools.

As a leader in your school and community, your voice is extremely powerful in this debate. Please take a moment to send an email to your senators and representatives and urge them to consider the voice of principals in the reauthorization of ESEA. While a sample letter has been provided for you, we strongly urge you to personalize the letter where possible.

Click here to send a message to your senator or representative.

Thank you for your leadership and advocacy in improving public school education for all children.

Friday, August 21, 2015 9:16 AM

The country's largest full-time legislature will soon have to decide where it will get the money to pay thousands of employees and other costs as its surplus, once more than $200 million, is rapidly dwindling amid Pennsylvania's budget crisis.

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Sources: Associated Press, Aug. 20, 2015; PSBA Daily Edition, Aug. 21, 2015.

Friday, August 21, 2015 9:15 AM

School funding has played a central role in the state budget impasse and has shaped arguments from both sides of the aisle. For his part, Gov. Wolf has proposed adding $400 million to basic education spending to restore cuts enacted since 2010. But in exchange for greater state contributions to districts, some legislators and education organizations are calling for increased measures of school accountability, including the creation of an "accountability school district."

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Sources: The Notebook, Aug. 20, 2015; PSBA Daily EDition, Aug. 21, 2015.
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Friday, August 21, 2015 9:14 AM

Our group, The Concerned Women of Greater Carlisle, urges all our fellow citizens to join with us and call, write to and visit your legislators to insist on a budget that fairly and adequately supports our public schools.  

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Sources:, Aug. 20, 2015; PSBA Daily EDition, Aug. 21, 2015.

Thursday, August 20, 2015 12:29 PM

NASSP has posted a new Action Alert on the Principals Legislative Action Center (PLAC) regarding its ESEA reauthorization priorities for conference committee. Members will be receiving a message from NASSP/NAESP encouraging you to contact your legislators. With a long list of legislative work slated for the Fall, now is the time to get our message across to Capitol Hill to ensure that principals views are taken into consideration as the ESEA reauthorization process moves forward.

For the July Action Alert regarding the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177), NASSP had 222 people send a total of 460 messages. While this was an encouraging result considering the short turnaround and the fact that many principals were on summer vacation, our goal for this Action Alert is to have more than 1,000 people send messages. We thank you in advance for your support of this goal.


Thursday, August 20, 2015 12:29 PM

School districts and small nonprofits that find themselves having to take out loans while waiting on a state budget may get some help with the borrowing costs that they incur. Gov. Tom Wolf said on Wednesday he will support setting aside money in the final budget to reimburse those organizations for the interest payments associated with their need to borrow money while waiting on state funding.
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Source:, Aug. 19, 2015; PSBA Daily Edition, Aug. 20, 2015.

Thursday, August 20, 2015 12:28 PM

It felt Wednesday like the protracted Pennsylvania state budget talks finally got serious. The seriousness came in the form of a new proposal from the majority Republican legislative leadership teams that would give Gov. Tom Wolf key public education funding he seeks in exchange for a new round of reforms to the state's major public employee pension plans.
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Source:, Aug. 19, 2015; PSBA Daily Edition, Aug. 20, 2015.

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