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We Stand Together
Together, NAESP and NASSP can ensure that principals
have a say in education funding and policy
BY L . E ARL FR ANK S, ED.D., C AE,

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and

RONN NOZOE

s former principals, we know
that every day and every
stage in a child's education
matters. Students deserve to
step into schools-from their first day
of preschool through their high school
graduation-that foster their learning,
nurture their development, and
inspire and support them to become
their best, most authentic selves. As
principals, we know that consistent,
quality school leadership is essential in
creating such positive school cultures.
A recent report by The Wallace
Foundation, How Principals Affect
Students and Schools: A Systematic Synthesis of Two Decades of Research, shows that " the effectiveness of the principal is more important [for a school as a
whole] than the effectiveness of a single teacher. " Further,
" the importance of school principals may not have been
stated strongly enough in prior work, particularly from the
perspective of state and district leaders and policymakers
seeking to move the needle on student achievement. "
NAESP and the National Association of Secondary School
Principals (NASSP) believe in the urgency of supporting
school leadership across the education continuum, and the
opportunity to collaborate between our organizations can
allow us to support leadership more effectively and realize
greater impact. While our organizations are specialized to
meet the unique needs of our memberships, the core work
is the same. By honoring each organization's expertise but
working in step together, we can promote the value and expertise of principals among decision-makers and ensure that
school leaders are influential in shaping education policy.
Recently, NAESP and NASSP united to mobilize our members to advocate for $125 billion for K-12 schools to be included as part of the latest COVID-19 relief package. Experts
agree that this level of funding is needed to support schools
now and prepare for the looming state and local revenue
shortfalls on the horizon. Leaders nationwide tirelessly-and

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successfully-championed the passage
of meaningful funding on behalf of
their schools, including $7 billion to
close the homework gap and fund
home internet access for the millions
of students who lack the adequate
connectivity to learn remotely.
We are stronger when we come
together and, in community, advocate
for the educational equity, student success, and professional excellence we all
seek to achieve. Now, as we continue
to grapple with the consequences of
more than a year of disrupted learning,
we need every school leader's voice
with us. We must ensure that decisionmakers listen to those of us who are
in our schools and communities every
day, and hear the truth of what our
students need from the people doing
the good, hard work.
When we speak with a unified voice,
we are a force that policymakers will
have to hear. When we advocate
together, we will make impactful
change. When we stand together, we
will succeed.
L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE, is executive director of NAESP.
Ronn Nozoe is CEO of the National
Association of Secondary School
Principals.

Connect
with Earl on
Twitter at

@efranksnaesp

Connect with
Ronn on
Twitter at
@RonnNozoe


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