The AWSP Legislative Platform

2023 Legislative Platform in teal and white font over blue background

Attract and Retain a Highly-Effective Educator Workforce to Support Students

We are in a leadership crisis. Principal workload, increasingly unrealistic expectations, and job vulnerability are impacting current administrators’ willingness to stay and causing prospective administrators to choose other career paths. Research from the Wallace Foundation* shows that:

“it is difficult to envision a higher return on investment in K-12 education than the cultivation of high-quality school leadership.

Our state must unite to respond to the education workforce crisis through a holistic and multi-faceted approach addressing current policies, legislation, and funding so that we can attract and retain highly effective educators, including principals and assistant principals.

If schools are the hub of communities, then we must have enough staff to meet the needs of students.

We need the 2023 Legislature to:

  • Fix the pay gap for assistant principals and principals in administrator salary allocation.

  • Update the prototypical school funding model ratios for principals in order to meet student and staff needs.

  • Prepare and support new assistant principals and principals by increasing funding for administrative internships and mentorship programs.

  • Provide better job protections for assistant principals and principals by creating better terms of employment.

  • Fund additional professional development days to support systems and learning.

  • Remove all barriers for access to health and mental health services for students.

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Roz Thompson | Government Relations & Advocacy Director | (800) 562-6100

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