NSBA's Actions in Support of ESSA

President Obama Signs Every Student Succeeds Act

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NSBA supported the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as a reauthorization of ESEA

Find out more about NSBA’s letters to Congress and federal agencies, as well as comments, statements, grassroots calls to actions, and other activities.

Federal Legislative Actions

December 7, 2015: NSBA Letter to Senate Leaders Supporting the Every Student Succeeds Act
In this letter sent to Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the U.S Senate and Harry Reid, Senate Democratic Minority Leader, Executive Director Tom Gentzel outlines NSBA's support for the "Every Student Succeeds Act."

December 1, 2015: NSBA Letter to House Leaders Supporting the Every Student Succeeds Act
In this letter to Paul D. Ryan, Speaker of the U.S House of Representatives and Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Minority Leader, Executive Director Tom Gentzel outlines NSBA's support for the "Every Student Succeeds Act."

September 29, 2015: NSBA and National Education Groups Urge Congress to Finish the Job on ESEA Reauthorization
NSBA and nine other national education organizations sent this letter to Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA) of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and Chairman Lamar Alexendar (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) of the Senate Education committee urging them to finish work on ESEA and deliver a bipartisan bill to the President’s desk this fall.

July 22, 2015: NSBA and National Education Groups Joint Letter to Congressional Leaders on ESEA
NSBA and nine other national education organizations sent this letter to House Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid urging them to proceed to conference with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization as soon as possible.

July 8, 2015: NSBA Letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Regarding the Student Success Act (H.R.5)
In this letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Executive Director Tom Gentzel outlines NSBA's position on the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), which was introduced on the House floor on July 8, 2015. In the letter, Mr. Gentzel voices NSBA's opposition to private vouchers and concerns with Title I portability and funding cap provisions in the bill.

July 7, 2015: State and Local Governance Coalition Letter to Senate Leadership Regarding the Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177)
In this letter to U.S. Senate Leadership, the National School Boards Association joined the State and Local Governance Coalition in urging the Senate to pass the Every Child Achieve Act prior to debate of the Elementary and Secondary Education reauthorization bill on the Senate floor.

July 6, 2015: Letter to Senate Leadership Regarding the Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177)
In this letter, sent to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid, Executive Director Tom Gentzel outlines NSBA's priorities with regards to the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (S.1177). The letter was sent prior to the beginning of consideration of the Every Child Achieves Act on the U.S. Senate floor on July 7, 2015.

April 13, 2015: NSBA Comments on Mark-up to Every Child Achieves Act
National School Boards Association comments prior to Committee mark-up of the Every Child Achieves Act. NSBA sent this letter on April 13, 2015 to Chairman Lamar Alexandar and Ranking Member Patty Murray of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

February 10, 2015: NSBA Comments on Mark-up to Student Success Act, H.R.5
National School Boards Association comments prior to Committee mark-up of H.R.5, the Student Success Act. NSBA sent this letter on February 10, 2015 to Chairman John Kline and Senior Democratic Member Robert C. "Bobby" Scott of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

January 14, 2015: NSBA Statement on ESEA Reauthorization
National School Boards Association releases its top priorities regarding the reauthorization of ESEA. This statement was issued upon the release of Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander's draft reauthorization bill and in advance of congressional hearings on ESEA reauthorization.

October 7, 2014: NSBA Comments on School Improvement Grants Proposals
National School Boards Association Comments on Proposed Requirements – School Improvement grants – Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965

September 16, 2014: Letter to Senate HELP Leadership Urging Action on ESEA
NSBA urges Senate committee to schedule up/down vote on ESEA before Congress adjourns.

September 12, 2013: Letter from the State & Local Governance Coalition—Move ESEA Forward
NSBA joins other organizations representing state and local officials in urging Senate leaders to bring ESEA to a vote in the Senate.

September 11, 2013: NSBA's Letter on the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in the Senate
NSBA submits comprehensive recommendations to the Senate HELP Committee leadership.

June 18, 2013: NSBA's Comments on the Student Success Act, H.R. 5, to Reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), prior to Committee action
NSBA reacts to House ESEA Reauthorization, “Student Success Act of 2013” prior to Committee action.

June 10, 2013: Comments on Strengthening America's Schools Act
NSBA reacts to Senate ESEA Reauthorization, “Strengthening America's Schools Act of 2013.”

June 2013: NSBA’s Comparability Survey Report
NSBA’s survey finds that the proposed comparability requirements in the Senate’s ESEA bill will likely incur considerable work for school district staff, create a system that is difficult to score, potentially hurt Title I and non-Title I schools educationally and financially without achieving the goal of educational comparability.

February 27, 2012: Letter to Chairman Kline re. Committee Mark-Up on the Student Success Act, H.R. 3989 and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act, H.R. 3990
NSBA submits comprehensive recommendations to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Federal Agency Actions

July 17, 2014: NSBA Advocates Regarding Unintended Consequences of No Child Left Behind
NSBA's letter to the U.S. Dept. of Education to urge swift consideration to exempt the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) from the 14-day notice requirement regarding public school choice for the upcoming school year.

July 19, 2011: NSBA's Letter to Secretary Duncan re. Regulatory Relief Under NCLB
NSBA expresses appreciation to Secretary Duncan and the Department of Education for their willingness to grant regulatory relief from requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act.

April 1, 2010: A Blueprint for Reform: ESEA Reauthorization
Read NSBA's quick reference summary for local school board members.

Grassroots Calls to Actions and Resources

Learn about NSBA’s grassroots resources.

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