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NSBA Hails House for Passing Bipartisan Agreement to Restore Local Governance in Public Education

December 2, 2015

Alexandria, Va. (December 2, 2015) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing a bipartisan, bicameral bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (S.1177). During this reauthorization process, NSBA has worked closely with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to advocate for a modernized education law that affirms the importance of local governance, protects federal investments in Title I grants for disadvantaged students, and prevents the diversion of public tax dollars for private use.

"Today’s passage of S.1177 by the House of Representatives is good news for our nation’s 90,000 local school board members, and an historic step toward reversing years of undue burden under the No Child Left Behind Act and restoring responsibility for school accountability and academic standards back to states and local school districts,” stated Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director of the National School Boards Association.

The work of NSBA’s legislative governing body, the Delegate Assembly, informed the development of provisions to support local governance in the legislation. Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Angus King (I-Maine) introduced the tri-partisan local governance measure, which was included in S.1177 approved today by the House. The provision strengthens support for local autonomy in managing school administration, budget development, and related operations for school district responsibilities – all important to continuous improvement for student achievement.

“School board members have diligently worked with Members of Congress over the years, and praise their efforts in reaching a bipartisan agreement that underscores the importance of local governance, and ensures school board members will be better positioned to offer all students a world-class public education,” said Gentzel.

NSBA will continue to work with lawmakers to prioritize the interests of our nation’s local school board members and public schoolchildren as S.1177 heads to the Senate for a vote, and approaches the finish line for the long overdue ESEA modernization.

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The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA represents state school board associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. Learn more at www.nsba.org.

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