Policy Matters

Policy Matters, NASP's policy and advocacy blog, contains up-to-date policy news from Capitol Hill and across the country, helpful policy and practice guidance, and real-world examples of how NASP, state associations, and individual school psychologists are advocating for change at the national, state, district, and school-building levels.

  • NASP Priorities in ESSA State Plans

  • Dynamic Speakers to Present at the 2017 Public Policy Institute

    As the school year comes to a close, it is time to start thinking about summer professional development! Earn CPDs and grow your advocacy skills at the 2017 GW/NASP Public Policy Institute (PPI) in Washington, D.C. This year's theme is "Equity and Access to a High Quality Public Education: National Policy Directions to Address Educational Disparities". The deadline to register for PPI with early bird pricing is May 15th and with such a hot topic we are beginning to reach capacity.

  • Tips for Open and Respectful Dialogues in the Classroom

    Transitions can be difficult for all children. For student populations who feel marginalized by the current administrations's controversal policies, many challenges have already come up in schools across the country. Teachers and school personnel are left with the tough job of handling classroom conversations and interactions around such controversial issues.

  • The Advocacy Seeds We Plant

    In the current climate of political uncertainty, we are all faced with what seems a daunting challege, but try to remember that this is new fertile ground for advocacy and that the seeds we plant now will bear fruit someday.

  • Public Service Loan Forgivness and School Psychologists

    In 2007, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) was signed into law. Since 10 years of payments and full time employment are a prerequisite for forgiveness, eligible loans can be forgiven for the first time beginning in October 2017, for those who have met the forgivness criteria and have followed all the necessary steps to have their loans forgiven.

  • Federal Policy Updates March 2017

    It has been a busy few weeks and the action shows no sign of slowing down! It is important for school psychologists to remain informed of policy conversations that impact the students we work with, and the schools we serve.

  • Why I Advocate

    Every child leaves schools and returns to their home and community. Every school exists within a broader community, and is goverened by state and federal law. To be maximally effective child advocates, school psychologists must consider these systems of influence.

  • Secretary DeVos Releases New ESSA Guidance

    The U.S. Department of Education released a new guide for states to use in developing their education plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). While ESSA requires meaningful stakeholder engagement, the new guide does not compel states to include a description of how they are engaging and consulting stakeholders in devloping their plans.

2016 Election Information

NASP has compared the major presidential candidates' federal policy priorities with NASP's related educational and child/family priorities. NASP is a non-partisan professional association and does not endorse any specific candidate or political party. 

Advocacy Action Center

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