Weekly Update-December 23, 2011

Announcements

NASSP Announces New Digital Principal Award

The Digital Principal Award is an opportunity to honor principals who exhibit bold, creative leadership in their drive to harness the potential of new technologies to further learning goals. The award also allows us to showcase models of leadership that encourage the use of technology in instruction and for principals’ own professional use.

NASSP will honor three NASSP member principals in schools that cover any subset of grades K—­12. Criteria for the award are based on the National Education Technology Standards for Administrators (NETS*A), developed by the International Society for Technology in Education, and the applications of those skills to further the Breaking Ranks Framework for school improvement.

Applications are due January 17. Go here to learn how to apply and about the criteria: http://www.nassp.org/awards-and-recognition/digital-principal-award

And speaking of all things digital, don’t forget to follow NASSP staff on Twitter!

@NASSP=NASSP

@akarhuse=Amanda Karhuse, Director of Government Relations

@kingston_m=Mary Kingston, Manager of Government Relations

@PrincipalDiff=Mel Riddile, Associate Director, High School Services

 

FY 2012 Appropriations

On December 17, the Senate approved the omnibus (package) appropriations bill containing education programs to fund the federal government through Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 that the House had previously passed. The Senate last weekend rejected the House-passed bill to offset the disaster-aid spending with an across-the-board cut of 1.83%. NASSP is happy to see this bill fail since this cut would have impacted education funding. Go here to see a great chart showing funding levels of education programs for FY 2012 as prepared by our coalition partner, the Committee for Education Funding. Note that these amounts are very slightly off the Department of Education’s calculations but are very close. For a summary of education program spending levels to accompany the chart, read this EdWeek article.

 

The House next convenes on January 17 and the Senate on January 23.

 

Legislation

ESEA Reauthorization

On December 16, House Education and the Workforce Committee ranking member Rep. George Miller (D-CA) issued a statement expressing his disappointment that Chairman Kline (R-MN) has abandoned bipartisan talks on the House ESEA reauthorization. Miller said, “Partisanship means the end to NCLB reform in this Congress.” What is especially troubling about this statement is that Chairman Harkin (D-IA) on the Senate side indicated that the Senate would likely not move forward with its committee-approved ESEA bill unless the House can produce a bipartisan bill.

 

Seclusion and Restraint Bill

On December 16 Senator Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee introduced S. 2020, the Keeping All Students Safe Act, to “protect all school children against harmful and life-threatening seclusion and restraint practices.”  Rep. George Miller (D-CA), ranking member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, introduced a bill by the same name on the House side on April 6. (See NASSP’s blog post on this bill.) While NASSP supported Rep. Miller’s bill, we are not yet taking a position on Sen. Harkin’s bill. Go here to read the text of Sen. Harkin’s bill.

 

News

Twenty Organizations Receive Promise Neighborhood Grants

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