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.

  • Federal Policy Updates March 2017

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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