NASP's advocacy team serves many different functions. The team is constantly monitoring state and federal legislation that may impact children and school psychology, taking stances on policy proposals, and then advocating NASP's position on the proposal.
Laws such as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and Medicaid each impact the day-to-day practice of school psychologists and the lives of the children and families we serve. We closely monitor legislation that impacts the profession and schools on a national and state level, and work with state associations to enact their policy priorities. Up-to-date information on NASP's policy efforts can be found in our Policy Matters blog.
Laws and regulations directly impact school psychologists and their role and function within schools - which impacts how we're able to work with kids. NASP offers support or voices opposition based on our official policy platform. Positions in the platform come from our position statements and resolutions that are approved by our Board of Directors and/or the leadership assembly.
NASP provides a significant amount of information on how to become an effective advocate for your local community, in addition to the state and national level. Most of our key policy and advocacy resources can be found on the critical issue pages or our Policy Playbook, including information on how to contact your elected officials, and other resources to help you become an effective advocate for school psychology and the children and families we serve.
Advocacy Action Center
Make your voice heard. NASP's Advocacy Action Center is a one-stop shop for you to advocate on the policy issues that matter to school psychologists by writing or calling your congressional representatives.
Statements and Testimony
NASP Urges Swift Passage of FY21 Federal Education Spending Bills
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) applauds the House Labor, Health, and Human Services (LHHS) Appropriations subcommittee for rejecting many of the Trump Administration’s proposed budget cuts and providing an increase in federal education investments for FY21. … more
Espinoza Decision Undercuts Public Education and Expands Taxpayer-Funded Discrimination
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) believes that all children and youth are entitled to a free, appropriate, and high-quality public education. But, yesterday’s 5–4 decision by the Supreme Court in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue constitutes a major blow to public schools and significantly increases the risk that students with disabilities and other historically marginalized groups will lose fundamental access and services. … more
President’s Proposed Budget Undermines Public Education System
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) believes that President Trump’s proposed FY21 budget for the U.S. Department of Education poses significant risk to the United States public education system and students. … more