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NSBA Joins Key Education Groups in Urging Congress to Push Forward to Fix No Child Left Behind

July 22, 2015


Alexandria, Va. (July 22, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) and nine other national education organizations sent a 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 as soon as possible to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The joint letter calls upon Congress to act swiftly, and press forward on ESEA reauthorization by the start of the new school year.

With both the House and Senate having passed their respective education bills, NSBA remains steadfast in working with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to pass a final bill that restores community ownership to local school boards, maximizes federal funding for Title I, and excludes private vouchers, tuition tax credits, or existing voucher programs.

“Today's collective call to action by NSBA and other leading education groups keeps the interests of our nation’s 50 million public school students at the forefront of the legislative debate here in Washington,” stated Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director. “We are pleased that the House and Senate passed their respective fix for No Child Left Behind, and NSBA calls upon lawmakers to act now to pass a bill that underscores the importance of local governance and community ownership in public education.”

NSBA and nine national education organizations, representing educators, principals, school boards, superintendents, chief state school officers, parents, PTAs, and school business officials, aim to build upon the momentum generated during their press conference held at the National Press Club in June.

“We are now closer than we have been in the last eight years to producing a new law as both Houses of Congress have passed ESEA reauthorization proposals,” the education groups stated in the letter. “This bill is long overdue, and we do not have a moment to waste.” The joint letter may be reviewed in full here.

It is anticipated that the House and Senate will continue the ESEA reauthorization “talks” during the remainder of July and August, but an official conference on their respective bills will likely resume in the fall.

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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 boards 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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