Last week, the House unanimously approved a resolution (H. Res. 1652) to recognize October 2010 as National Principals Month. This recognition follows the Senate’s approval of a similar resolution in September (S. Res. 607).
During consideration of the resolution, Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) offered complimentary remarks to principals, stating, “Great principals tremendously improve the outcomes of our nation’s youth and play a critical role in a school’s success or failure. National Principals Month is an opportunity for us all to recognize this important role and to honor the work of all our Nation’s principals.”
Hirono’s remarks on the crucial role of principals echo the language in the resolution noting that “leadership is second only to classroom instruction among all school-related factors that contribute to student achievement.” Hirono commended the leadership of the 2010 MetLife/NASSP National Principals of the Year Wesley Taylor (high school) and Cathy Carnahan (middle school), as well as Hawaii’s 2010 Principals of the Year, Darrel Galera (high school) and Justin Mew (middle school.)
Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) also expressed support on the House floor for the resolution, stating that “Anyone who has visited a successful school or who has watched their children progress through their education knows a good principal is vital to a successful school. A good principal sets the tone for the school and encourages teachers and students alike to do their best each day.”
NASSP is proud of the principals we represent and glad to see both chambers of Congress pass this resolution to give principals the recognition they deserve.