Lake principal meets with members of Congress, advocates for support for public education
TAVARES – Chad Frazier, principal of Eustis Heights Elementary School, recently joined nearly 200 elementary and middle-level educators and leaders from across the country in the nation’s capital for the National Association of Elementary School Principals’ (NAESP) National Leaders Conference. Mr. Frazier advocated on behalf of principals, schools and students to ensure that lawmakers support public education.
Mr. Frazier took the needs of Florida’s schools directly to congressional leaders to discuss pressing issues, including amending the Higher Education Act to strengthen principal recruitment, boosting school safety and mental health services, and advocating for responsible federal education funding.
“Few understand the needs of our nation’s schools better than the educators that work in them every day,” he said. “When Congress is making important decisions about the future of American education, principal voices must be included.”
“Principals can provide key insights on the issues that affect our nation’s schools, such as school safety and social-emotional learning,” said NAESP’s executive director, Dr. L. Earl Franks, CAE. “By sharing their expertise with lawmakers, school leaders have the power to shape legislation impacting these critical issues.”
With support from staff representing NAESP and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Mr. Frazier visited congressional offices and asked lawmakers to address a number of issues, including boosting federal education funding, improving principal recruitment and preparation, and strengthening school-based mental health services.
The conference also featured presentations and discussions from policy experts in education. Speakers included Former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise, Jeremy Anderson of the Education Commission of the States, Joshua Starr of PDK International, and John Bridgeland of the Aspen Institute. Additionally, the conference hosted a discussion on the education political landscape in 2019 from Alyson Klein and Andrew Ujifusa of Education Week, as well as a crossfire debate featuring Alliance for Excellent Education President Deborah Delisle and the American Enterprise Institute’s Director of Education Policy Studies Rick Hess.
Learn more about NAESP at www.naesp.org.