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Alexandria, Va. (November 3, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by the Texas Association of School Boards Legal Assistance Fund (TASB LAF) and five other leading education groups filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (UT), urging the Court to uphold the Fifth Circuit Court’s decision in favor of the university.

“The Court’s ruling has the potential to affect all public schools seeking to promote diversity,” stated Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “We urge the Court to uphold the precedence set by current Supreme Court standards and maintain public schools’ ability to adopt and implement diversity policies that promote educational goals.”

Alexandria, Va. (October 28, 2015) - NSBA's Center for Public Education (CPE) looks at the various forms of school choice, and drawing upon relevant research and statistics, the effects each has on student achievement. CPE finds that that while many schools of choice do an exemplary job, “the results aren’t universally better than those produced by traditional public schools.”

“America’s public schoolchildren are dependent on us, policymakers and the public, to make informed decisions that will lead to improved outcomes,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “CPE shines a spotlight on education options in its study, finding that not all choices are equal.”

Alexandria, Va. (October 2, 2015) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to announce the district winners of the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) 2015 Award for Urban School Board Excellence: Ohio’s Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Indiana’s Fort Wayne Community Schools, and Nebraska’s Lincoln Public Schools.

Each year CUBE recognizes exemplary school boards for their excellence in school board governance, ability to build civic capacity, success in closing the achievement gap and working for equity in education, and demonstrated success of academic excellence. At CUBE’s annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona, October 1-3, the winning districts had the opportunity to share their success stories and best practices, highlighting the crucial connection between effective school board governance and student achievement.

“NSBA is happy to honor Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Fort Wayne Community Schools, and Lincoln Public Schools for their accomplishments and ongoing work to improve student learning in their districts,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association.

Alexandria, Va. (October 2, 2015) - The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA’s) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2015 Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award: Akron Public Schools Board Member, Reverend Dr. Curtis T. Walker Sr. . . .

“NSBA presents the Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award to individuals who demonstrate long-standing commitment to the educational needs of urban school children,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “Reverend Dr. Walker through his dedication and service been an outstanding advocate and champion for student achievement in his community.”

Alexandria, Va. (September 30, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit regarding Salazar v. South San Antonio Independent School District, urging the Court to overturn the trial court’s decision. The Court will consider whether a school district may be held liable under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 for the sexual assault of a student by a school principal when the abuser was the only school official with actual knowledge of the offense. . .

“If the Court of Appeals affirms the lower court’s decision, it will create a precedent where a district can be found liable based solely on wrongdoing by a school official, regardless of how vigilant a school district is in monitoring employees, and without the district being given the opportunity to address the harassment in question,” stated Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “It has been our long held position that Title IX liability of school districts should be determined strictly in keeping with the standards established by the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Alexandria, Va (September 29, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) and nine other national education groups sent a joint letter urging lawmakers to complete work to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), known as “No Child Left Behind,” and get a conferenced bill to the President's desk by the end of this year. NSBA continues to work closely with Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to advocate for a final education bill that underscores the importance of local governance and community ownership, so that our nation’s 90,000 school board members will be better positioned to offer all students a world-class public education.

“Today's collective call to action puts the interests of our nation’s 50 million public schoolchildren first, and shows how important it is for Congress to keep up the momentum and move forward on the long overdue ESEA modernization,” stated Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director.

Alexandria, Va. (September 23, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) in SB v. Board of Education of Harford County, urging the Court to uphold the district court’s decision in favor of the school board.

“It’s important to guard against any precedent that would allow a school district to be found deliberately indifferent if bullying or harassment by others continues, despite a district’s efforts to address reported misconduct,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “Changing the standard from deliberate indifference to strict liability would rob school districts of the flexibility they need in responding to claims of harassment based on their educational judgments and knowledge of the school environment.”

(Alexandria, Va. – August 23, 2015) In its advance review of the newly-released 47th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to find strong public support for local governance, resistance to vouchers, and high marks for local schools.

This year’s PDK/Gallup Poll is titled “Testing Doesn’t Measure Up for Americans.” In addition to garnering public opinion on standardized testing, the poll explores an array of education “hot topics,” including Common Core, school choice, school performance, school funding, vaccinations, and more. New to this year’s poll, data are reported by specific population sectors, including public school parents, political party affiliation, and race (white, black, and Hispanic).

“For the 10th consecutive year, Americans named lack of financial support as the biggest problem facing their local schools,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “ESEA reauthorization offers an opportunity to ensure that every public school district is adequately funded and able to support high-quality teaching and learning.”

Alexandria, Va. (August 20, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to announce Scott M. Richard, Executive Director of the Louisiana School Boards Association (LSBA), as the winner of the 2015 Thomas Shannon Award for Excellence. The Shannon Award, established in 1997 in honor of former NSBA Executive Director Thomas A. Shannon, is given annually to recognize extraordinary efforts performed on behalf of NSBA, local school board constituencies, and school communities. Richard will be presented with the award at the Summer Leadership Seminar, August 22, in Chicago, Illinois.

“In less than three years, Scott has helped transform LSBA through effective leadership and a great sense of resolve,” said NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel. “His work has earned tangible victories for public schools and reestablished LSBA as the leading advocate for public education in Louisiana.”

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