Act Now to Protect Funding for School Leaders!

The School Leader Recruitment Support Program (SLRP) is the only federal initiative that focuses explicitly on providing support to school leaders. The program provides much needed funding for the recruitment, preparation, placement, support, and retention of effective school leaders in high-needs schools.

Unfortunately, despite being reauthorized in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and with support from dozens of members of Congress, SLRSP would be eliminated in the FY2018 funding bills being considered by Congress.

However, there is still time to act and save the program. Final funding levels won’t be determined until later this year, and you can help save this critical program.

Please use the following resources to contact your member of Congress and Senators in support of SLRSP:

Send a letter to your member of Congress and Senators using our template here

Calling your Member of Congress:

·       If you’re calling your Senator: Hello, my name is _______ and I live in [the state of _______ ].

·       If you’re calling your Representative: Hello, my name is ________ and I live in your District.

·       I am calling today to urge [Senator or Representative] ________ to work with the appropriations committee to maintain funding for the School Leader Recruitment and Support Program in any final FY2018 omnibus bill.

·       Although dozens of Senators/Members of Congress expressed a commitment to principals, and the educators, students, and communities they serve, I was very disappointed to learn that funding for this program would be eliminated in the current Senate and House FY2018 funding bills.

·       SLRSP is the only federally authorized program dedicated to supporting local, evidence-based strategies to support our principals in high-need schools.

·       This program is funded at only $14.5 million, but has made a significant impact on thousands of principals across the country. These school leaders have gone on to make a positive impact in their school and on their students and teachers.

·       Please urge the [Senator or Congressman/woman] to work with colleagues on the appropriations committee to maintain funding for this important program.