NYC Leadership Academy has joined dozens of education organizations to urge Congress to maintain funding for the federal School Leader Recruitment and Support Program, the only federal program focused on investing in evidence-based, locally driven strategies to strengthen school leadership in high-need schools.

As the letter states, “School leadership has historically been overlooked and underfunded,vi which has done a great disservice to teachers, students, and school communities who rely on the support and expertise of well-prepared, well-supported principals. Our schools should be places where great teachers thrive and all students excel. We can reach this goal by prioritizing investments in strategies that address how our schools—not just individual classrooms, but all classrooms within a school—are organized and led.” It is critical that Congress maintain funding so that every school has a high quality leader at its helm.

Read the full letter here.