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Alexandria, Va. (December 22, 2016) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) along with the California School Boards Association and its Legal Alliance Fund, the Colorado Association of School Boards, and the Horace Mann League have filed an amicus brief in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1 asking the court to uphold the standard the Court established in the Rowley case decades ago that provides for students to receive an educational benefit from their special education. A ruling in favor of Endrew F. would create confusion that would jeopardize the level of educational benefits school districts provide students with disabilities, endangering the ability of schools to meet individual student needs.

Alexandria, Va. (Dec. 9, 2016) – Tomorrow, December 10, is an important date in the history of public education and school governance. It is the day President Obama signed the landmark Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which restored local governance and community ownership of public education.

Alexandria, Va. (Nov. 23, 2016) Statement by Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director and CEO, National School Boards Association on the Appointment of Betsy DeVos, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Nominee

November 22, 2016 - Nine national education organizations, including the National School Boards Association, call upon their constutents and all education leaders to

November 9, 2016 - We, as a nation, must invest in public education to ensure every child has an opportunity to realize their potential. The National School Boards Association (NSBA) and the more than 90,000 school board members hope the new administration and new Congress will make it a priority.

November 2, 2016 - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) today issued comments in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Title I – Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged – Supplement not Supplant. NSBA expressed its support for local governance and commitment to the education of over 50 million students nationwide, and detailed specific areas of concern regarding the rule.

October 18, 2016 - NSBA and NASSP, in partnership with the Learning First Alliance’s Get it Right campaign, have developed a communications toolkit to support school leaders and educators’ efforts to prepare high school students for success after graduation through effective community engagement.

October 18, 2016 –NSBA today announced that Lucy Gettman has been appointed Chief Advocacy Officer and that Ronald Skinner has been has appointed Chief Member Services Officer. Gettman and Skinner are being promoted from interim roles. Both will report to Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer.

October 14, 2016 – The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB), the School Superintendents Association (AASA), Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), and National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools.

“IDEA’s due process procedures were put in place for the benefit of students with disabilities,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, National School Boards Association Executive Director and CEO. “Parents and schools working collaboratively to address the individual educational needs of students produces the best outcomes for students with and without disabilities, their parents, and their local school districts. We encourage the Court to discourage any resolution that encourages more litigation and diverts precious funds away from the classroom.”

Alexandria, Va. (Oct. 1, 2016) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to announce Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma, Washington, winner of the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) 2016 Award for Urban School Board Excellence.

Much has changed since 2007 when all five of Tacoma’s comprehensive high schools were labeled ‘dropout factories.’ In just the last five years the district’s graduation rate climbed 27.3 percentage points, and enrollment in post-secondary education programs and college completion rates are climbing.

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