Federal Legislative Priorities

One Unified Voice Before Congress

Our advocacy efforts spring from the conviction that education of our public school children must be the nation's top priority. We are committed to ensuring that the local school board voice is heard in every public policy forum in which education decisions are made or influenced.

Legislative Priorities for the 115th Congress

NSBA believes change is here for K-12 education that will encourage and support local innovation and reform for greater student achievement in our public school districts. NSBA looks forward to partnering with the 115th Congress to accomplish these priorities that are essential to the success of our students and schools. Read more 

Key Legislative Priorities

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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

NSBA applauds the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

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  Site Visits

Federal Funding

Our advocacy efforts in championing key programs such as Title I and IDEA grants are critical to maximizing federal investments in education.

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Child Nutrition

Support new legislation, HR 3663 (The Reducing Federal Mandates on School Lunch Act), which would restore local flexibility and authority to school districts struggling to comply with some provisions of HHFKA.

Read More   Local School Board Governance and Flexibility

Local School Board Governance and Flexibility

It is crucial for local school boards to maintain decision-making authority at the local level as well as accountability for high quality educational services.

Read More   Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

We support Head Start and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten education programs as a foundation for achievement.

Read More   Special Education and IDEA

Special Education and IDEA

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), originally enacted in 1975, requires that every student with a disability has access to a free, appropriate public education.

Read More   Education Technology and E-Rate

Education Technology and E-Rate

Current funding meets only half the need, and NSBA supports E-Rate 2.0 and ConnectED to increase the funding and modernize the program.

Read More   Charter Schools

Charter Schools

We support charter schools that are authorized by local school boards.

Read More   Private School Vouchers

Private School Vouchers

We urge Congress to work with NSBA to improve, not weaken, the nation’s public schools. Vouchers and tuition tax credits siphon scarce resources, time, and attention from our nation’s public schools, which educate 50 million students.

Read More   Academic Standards

Academic Standards

We support state-led efforts to develop and voluntarily adopt rigorous common standards with flexibility for local communities.

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