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NSBA Statement in Response to President Trump's Address to Joint Congress

February 28, 2017

Statement of
Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director and CEO
National School Boards Association
in Response to President Donald Trump’s Address to Congress

Alexandria, Va., (February 28, 2017) - As the leading advocate for public education, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s address at a joint session of Congress:

"If we want a brighter future for our children and country, we must focus our attention on making our public schools the best they can be. Investing in our public schools, which educate nine of every 10 students, is the best investment the federal government can make to drive the economy forward and enhance the quality of life for generations of people.

“Focusing on choice of school fails to recognize the extensive choice that exists and is misguided. Choice exists within public schools and provides opportunities for students to participate in a variety of educational programs that match their specific interests, aspirations, and preferred learning styles. Sending tax dollars to schools that lack local supervision is not an appropriate use of taxpayer funds and it weakens educational opportunities for millions of children.

“The administration has an opportunity to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of children and put the country on a path to greater prosperity. NSBA is prepared to work with the administration and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to continue strengthening our public education system so our children thrive and our country prospers.”

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.

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