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.

  • I Am Advocacy

    What an incredible time in history to be a school psychologist, an educator, an advocate! Over the past year we have experienced a tremendous amount of change in education with President Obama signing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law in December 2015, replacing No Child Left Behind (NCLB). For the first time in national education policy, a direct link is recognized between student mental and behavioral health with overall student educational success.

  • What the Trump Administration Could Mean for Public Education

    Last night, Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump's pick to lead the U.S. Department of Education, answered questions from members of the Senate HELP Committee during her confirmation hearing. Her answers provide some insight as to how she may handle issues related to school choice, privatization of public schools, bullying and harassment, accountability, civil rights, and meeting the needs of students with disabilities.

  • The "SECRET" of Advocacy

    Advocacy itself presents itself as a word that appears to imply some sort of prestige of advanced training to implement. To be an advocate can be a very overwhelming idea for many people. The idea that we stand up for children and for our profession can seem intimidating for some.

  • Getting to Know the GPR Committee

    GPR is a committee that is comprised of a diverse group of school psychologists who focus on advocating the public policy priorities of NASP. The GPR Committee is dedicated to promoting school psychological services and effective mental health and educational services for all children and their families through appropriate legislation, advocacty, and public policy development and implementation.

  • SPAW Thunderclap

    If you've never participated in a Thunderclap, trust me, it is far easier than you think. A good analogy is an "online flash mob". It allows you and others to share the same message at the same time, spreading an idea across social media platforms that cannot be ignored.

  • On the Couch with Dr. Barry

    For those of you reading this who are unaware, NASP has a small group of volunteers who spennd their spare time analyzing bills, reading state and federal regulations, meeting with elected officials, writing policy papers, planning workshops and generally acting as watchdogs for education, psychology, children's iddues and mental health (to name a few of our focused priorities).

  • ESSA and Other Federal Policy Updates

    It seems like all eyes are on November 8th, and the impact that the election of new policy makers may have at the federal, state, and local level. NASP is following the education priorities of the Presidential candidates and maintaining contact with the major campaigns to ensure our policy priorities are heard (more on that later). But there are lot of non-election related happenings that could result in some significant policy and practice changes in our schools. This edition of Policy Matters will provide key updates on the Presidential Candidates’ education priorities, update you on ESSA implementation efforts, and highlight three critical upcoming Supreme Court Cases that could have implications for practice in the future.

  • Presidental Election Resources

    November 8th is Election Day. Folks around the country will cast their vote for the important positions at the local, state, and national level. Every election is important, and NASP strnongly encourages members to educate themselves on the issues in order to make an informed choice when voting.

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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