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.