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Nashville, TN (March 21, 2015) – The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys (COSA), the national network of attorneys representing K-12 public school districts whose mission is to support school attorneys and provide leadership in legal advocacy for public schools, elected new leaders and directors during its annual meeting in Nashville. The 22-member Board of Directors oversees COSA’s continuing legal education programming and working groups for its 3,000+ members across the United States and Canada


Nashville, TN  (March 20, 2015) - The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys (COSA) honored a veteran school board attorney who has provided exemplary service to his school board employer and the school law community at the 2015 Annual School Law Seminar. Forrest Jack Lance received COSA’s Award for Distinguished Service in recognition of over thirty years of outstanding service to public schools, the profession, and the mission of COSA to “improve the practice of school law…by providing leadership in legal advocacy for public schools.”

Alexandria, Va. (March 19, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) supports the Reducing Federal Mandates on School Lunch Act, to provide school districts with greater flexibility to ensure students receive healthy, nutritious school meals.

Sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), and introduced today, the legislation offers school districts relief from costly and onerous mandates imposed by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and subsequent federal regulations.

New research-based tools aim to help school leaders turn around low-performing schools


Alexandria, Va. (March 18, 2015) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA), the leading advocate for public education, today introduced its new research-based initiative, Leading the Change, developed by its Center for Public Education. Leading the Change provides data-driven decision-making tools to school boards to help transform chronically low-performing schools into high-quality institutions.

National award program recognizes innovation and excellence in public schools


Alexandria, Va. (March 10, 2015) – Swan Valley School District in Saginaw, Mich., Albemarle County Public Schools in Charlottesville, Va., and ABC Unified School District in Cerritos, Calif., have been named the grand prize winners in the 21th annual Magna Awards program sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s flagship magazine, American School Board Journal. The Magna Awards recognize school districts and their leaders taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of their students and their communities.

Desire to deliver more personalized learning drives exploration of innovative technology solutions


Alexandria, Va. (March 6, 2015) – The National School Boards Association's (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network (TLN) announces its “20 to Watch” honorees for 2014-15. These distinctive education leaders from across the country are being recognized for their ability to inspire colleagues to explore and embrace innovative technology solutions that contribute to high-quality instruction and support more personalized learning experiences for students.

DCL on Communication Needs of IDEA-Eligible Students


Alexandria, Va. (March 5, 2015) – The National School Boards Association, the leading advocate for public education, today challenged a recent “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) on how to appropriately meet the communication needs of IDEA-eligible students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities.

Alexandria, Va.  (Feb. 19, 2015) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) today announced the companies chosen to be profiled in its annual Technology Innovation Showcase.  The education technology start-up companies are:  Classcraft, Educurious, New Classrooms Innovation Partners, NumberShire, RobotsLAB, and TeacherMatch.

Alexandria, Va. (Feb. 19, 2015) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) has recently partnered with Future Ready Schools (FRS), a diverse coalition of educational partners focused on maximizing digital learning opportunities. The FRS mission is to help prepare students for success in college, career and citizenship. These efforts come at a time when districts are embracing college and career readiness as a goal for all students. Currently, 1600 districts have already signed the Future Ready Pledge, an effort led by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the U.S. Department of Education.

Alexandria, Va. (Feb. 10, 2015) - In a Feb. 10 letter from National School Boards Association (NSBA) Executive Director Gentzel to Chairman Kline and Senior Democratic Member Scott of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, NSBA applauds Chairman Kline and the Committee for their leadership and commitment to advance the long overdue reauthorization of ESEA.  NSBA commends the overall goal of H.R. 5 to modernize ESEA and limit the budgetary and regulatory authority of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) over school districts, and supports several updates and improvements in the bill, NSBA voiced concern regarding some aspects of the legislation in advance of the Feb. 11 markup.

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