Welcome to advocacy!

Friends of School PsychologyAs school psychologists, one of our many jobs is to advocate for children’s needs. However, it often seems that the efforts of one individual are not enough to make the changes needed to support the students with whom we work! So, how can you increase your ability to make a difference?


Enact School Psychology OmnibusSB 448 or HB 585

Ask your legislators to support the School Psychology Omnibus! What does the Omnibus include?

  1. A $6,500/year raise
  2. A 12% salary supplement for those who are Nationally Certified
  3. Up to a $5,000 signing bonus for newly-hired eligible school psychologists in NC public schools
  4. Make the DPI Recruitment/Retention Coordinator a permanent position
  5. Paid internships with supervisor stipends between $500-$1200
  6. $5 Million for a new Virtual School Psychology Training Program at the Hickory Campus of ASU
  7. $1.6 Million for the 5 SP Training Programs in NC

Definitely worth advocating for. Here is a sample letter you can use to send to your legislators!


Local Advocacy Information:

NC Data Sources for Advocacy:

Who Represents Me?

Find your NC Legislators! Using your home address, district, and/or county, you can see who your United States Legislators and your NC Legislators for the House and Senate are.

Find your NC State Board of Education board members! Members are divided into five geographic regions.

NCSPA has provided some guidelines for attending local school board meetings.

districts in need

 For more information, please contact the Legislative and Public Policy Committee

NASP Resources:

NASP has made it very easy for everyone to become an advocate for those issues near and dear to our hearts, without having to spend time composing letters or traveling to Washington, DC to speak with your congressional representatives. Check out NASP’s advocacy page for form letters on various issues that you can email or send to your congressional representatives in only a few minutes!

  • NASP has Communications Strategies & Resources with real world and press examples, infographics, strategies, and even more resources for social media!
  • The NASP Advocacy Action Center provides a convenient way to look up and contact your Congressional and other federal representatives.Legislative Award
  • Policy Matters, NASP's policy and advocacy blog, has up-to-date policy news, guidance, and real examples of individual school psychologists advocating at the national, state, district, and school-building levels.
  • If you are interested in gathering advocacy tools or just learning more about advocating for school psychology, the NASP Advocacy Roadmap provides several easy-to-use resources. You are also more than welcome to contact members of NCSPA’s legislative committee, who would be more than happy to help you advocate for our profession.
  • Don’t forget the NASP Infographics! 

Other Resources:

  • NC Policy Watch, a project of the N.C. Justice Center, is a news and commentary outlet dedicated to informing the public — including elected officials as they debate important issues — and ultimately to improving the quality of life for all North Carolinians.
  • NC Child advances public policies that improve the lives of North Carolina’s children.
  • For more than 30 years the Public School Forum of North Carolina has served as an indispensable and nonpartisan champion of better schools. We bring together individuals and institutions from business, education and government to study education issues, develop ideas, seek consensus, and ultimately inform and shape education policy. provides information on NC Education budget.
  •  Public Schools First NC is a statewide nonpartisan organization focused solely on public education issues. We collaborate with teachers, parents, business and civic leaders, students, and communities across North Carolina in support of an effective public education system that will prepare each child for life.
  • EducationNC (EdNC) works to expand educational opportunities for all children in North Carolina, increase their academic attainment, and improve the performance of the state’s public schools. We provide residents and policymakers with nonpartisan data, research, news, information, and analysis about the major trends, issues, and challenges bearing on education. We gather and disseminate information employing the most effective means of communication, primarily through the Internet.