Mrs. Pintavalle Goes to Washington
Rita Pintavalle, principal of Brazoswood High School, traveled to Washington, DC this month to meet with federal elected officials about the most pressing issues facing Texas public schools. The meetings were part of the annual Advocacy Conference for principals, conducted by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, in cooperation with the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP). Mrs. Pintavalle is a Past President of the organization and currently serves as the Texas State Coordinator. Joining Pintavalle on the trip was Carrie Jackson of Keller ISD and Cindy Kirby, Associate Director of TASSP.
"Mrs. Pintavalle is a known leader of principals across the state of Texas and we are proud she serves in Brazosport ISD.” said Superintendent Danny Massey. “This is another great example of how people in BISD are living our vision of setting the standard for educational excellence.
Pintavalle visited congressional offices on Capitol Hill to meet with Legislative Assistants from the offices of Senator John Cornyn and Senator Ted Cruz. The team also visited with Congressman Dr. Michael Burgess and Congressman Randy Weber. Discussions were driven by the need for schools to focus efforts on implementing the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law this past December 2015, and takes full effect in August 2017.
The ESSA measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s former national education law. The ruling requires a renewed emphasis on reading and writing across the curriculum and includes language that encourages states to dedicate up to 3 percent of professional development dollars specifically for principals.
“Advocacy requires ongoing efforts,” Mrs. Pintavalle said. “It’s not a one-time thing. We need to build relationships with elected officials so they get to know us, and more importantly, so they understand the needs of our schools.”
In an effort to foster continued communication, Pintavalle has offered to be a resource for the members of Congress and their staffs as they make decisions and research what is best for our schools.
Pintavalle and team with Congressman Burgess and staff member
Rita Pintavalle with Congressman Weber