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NSBA Statement on FY 2017 Omnibus Bill

May 5, 2017

Statement by
Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director & CEO
National School Boards Association

Alexandria, Va., (May 5, 2017) - NSBA Executive Director & CEO Thomas J. Gentzel today released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's signing of the FY 2017 Omnibus Bill:

"The FY 2017 Omnibus Bill represents a much-needed investment in our country’s economy, global competitiveness, and most important resource, our children.

Previous budget cuts have resulted in increased class sizes, fewer resources to invest in innovative programs and needed services, reduced access to programs for children with special needs, eliminations of summer and after-school programming and more.

The funding increases in this legislation, including special education grants under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Title I, and Impact Aid are critical for America’s public schools to continue to improve and educate a growing and diverse population of students.

NSBA has long advocated for funding that prioritizes education. We thank Congress and the administration for putting students first and supporting school districts and local communities in their efforts to provide America’s public school students with the highest quality education."

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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 believes education is a civil right necessary to the dignity and freedom of the American people, and all children should have equal access to an education that maximizes his or her individual potential. The association represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S.  www.nsba.org.

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