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Statement of the National School Boards Association

Alexandria, Va., (Dec 11, 2014) - The National School Boards Association applauds today’s historic action by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to modernize the E-rate program and improve high-speed broadband connectivity for rural and remote schools and libraries across our great nation.

Alexandria, VA  (Dec. 5, 2014) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) applauds the efforts of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Wheeler to infuse $1.5 billion into the E-rate program, and is placing its support on-record in advance of a December 11 Open Meeting in which a second FCC Report and Order on modernizing the E-rate program will undergo consideration.

Alexandria, VA (Nov. 24, 2014) —NSBA, in support of the State of Ohio, has joined the National Education Association (NEA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) today in filing a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Ohio v. Clark. At issue in this case is whether teachers or other school personnel who serve as mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse should be treated as law enforcement agents for purposes of the Confrontation Clause, a constitutional protection under the Sixth Amendment that grants those accused of a crime the right to confront witnesses.

Washington, D.C., (Nov. 17, 2014)  – National organizations today today expressed their strong support for Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to expand students’ and library patrons’ access to the Internet and permanently increase the funding level of the E‐Rate program by raising the cap by $1.5 billion.  Read the joint press release.

Organizations Representing K-12 District Leadership Partner to Strengthen Digital Advocacy and Learning 

Washington, D.C.,  (Oct. 30, 2014) – AASA, the School Superintendents Association, Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and National School Boards Association (NSBA) today launched Leading the Digital Leap – a joint campaign empowering K-12 superintendents, district technology leaders, and school boards to strengthen their digital advocacy and enable digital learning in their districts.  The partnership, the first to bring together the major professional associations representing district leaders, will provide educators with insight and resources on “how” to expand learning horizons through technology.  

Alexandria, Va. (Oct.17, 2014) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA) joined a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief filed by the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) and multiple signatories that asks the High Court to affirm the District of Columbia Circuit’s holding in the case of Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association. At issue is whether state and local governments should be notified and allowed to comment before federal agencies change interpretations of their own regulations.

Alexandria, Va. (Oct. 15, 2014) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by eight state school boards associations, today filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of D.A. v. Meridian Joint Sch. Dist. No. 2. At issue in this case is whether a high-functioning autistic student with social, behavioral and self-sufficiency needs is entitled to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) services when the disability does not adversely affect his educational performance.

Alexandria, Va. (Oct. 15, 2014) – A new report released today by the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Center for Public Education (CPE), examines the key role of informational reading in preparing students for college, the workplace, and day-to-day life. While U.S. students overall are good readers of literature, CPE’s analysis shows that their performance drops dramatically when tasked with reading non-literary texts.

Alexandria, Va. (Oct. 14, 2014) - After careful deliberation, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) has decided to terminate its partnership with R.J. Reynolds’ “Right Decisions, Right Now” program. This action is effective immediately.  

Alexandria, Va. (Oct. 13, 2014) – With the start of National School Lunch Week today, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) is calling for flexibility and relief from the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to address the unintended consequences of onerous requirements for federal school meal programs in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
 

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