October is National Principals Month: Send a message to Congress supporting school leaders and public education!

 

In 2020, the tireless leadership and commitment of America’s principals took on new meaning as they answered the call to mobilize in response to COVID-19. By rapidly transitioning schools in communities across the country to remote and hybrid learning and ensuring the safety of students and others in the school building, these leaders came through when our families—and our nation—needed it most. Yet the reality is that our principals will not have the resources to sustain their work or ensure the well-being of students, teachers, and staff for the 2020–21 school year and beyond without your support.

Since the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March, national education groups have advocated that at least $175 billion be included in an additional COVID-19 relief package for K-12 schools. Experts have consistently agreed that at least this level of funding is needed to both support schools now and to prepare for looming state and local revenue shortfalls on the horizon. Congress has yet to pass another bill, and it’s critical that educators and school leaders continue to contact their representative and senators’ offices.

In declaring October National Principals Month, we designate time to celebrate and thank principals for their endless hard work—and also to promote advocacy for school leaders everywhere. Together, we can inform local, state, and federal governments about the harsh reality of what principals and public schools are experiencing and garner support for better public policy.

Send an email and tweet to your representative and senators now using the tools below.

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Thank you for taking action with NASSP to contact your elected officials during National Principals Month. Please make sure you’ve completed all the campaign actions—email and tweet—to further amplify our message. Find more ways to advocate during NPM by visiting principalsmonth.org

You can also share the link to this campaign with your family, friends, and networks and ask them to join us!

FOLLOW THIS EXAMPLE SCRIPT

Hello, my name is [name] and I am one of [senator]’s constituents from [city/location].

I am calling to urge [senator] to support the Equality Act. As a school leader, I believe that no educator should be fired or discriminated against based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. This long overdue legislation would finally ensure that the same rights, privileges, and protections are provided to all Americans.

Please tell [senator] that educators in our community support the Equality Act, and we urge [him/her] to support the legislation, as well.

Thank you.