2015 Annual Conference

Religion in schools -- A matter of trust and training

Buy the fire truck before the fire – that is the advice of Charles Haynes. “Get prepared for this,” he told an audience of school attorneys. “School districts that have a trust level with their community are in the best position to avoid litigation.”

“This” is conflicts on religion in public schools – which Haynes, senior scholar and director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum, said are mostly preventable with policies, staff training, and building trust in the community.

Rethinking teacher tenure

A hundred years ago, teachers could be fired for any reason: race, creed, political favoritism, marriage, pregnancy. In the 1920s, some unlucky teachers were terminated for wearing pants.

While no one wants to return to those days, many people believe that the teacher tenure pendulum has swung too far the other way, making it nearly impossible for school districts to terminate ineffective teachers.

School leaders converge at NSBA 75th Annual Conference

More than 7,000 school board members, speakers, vendors, and exhibitors are converging on Nashville’s Music City Center through Monday for NSBA’s annual conference.

The conference officially opens on Saturday. This is NSBA’s 75th annual conference and its first in the city of Nashville.

NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys Elects New Leadership for 2015-2016

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

NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys Honors Long-Serving Counsel to Rockdale County (GA) Public Schools

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.”

NSBA’s Center for Public Education Launches Leading the Change

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.

Swat Team Member Designs Device to Secure Classroom, Commercial Building Doors (Booth #1238)

New Haven, CT (March 16, 2015) - The Bilco Company, a manufacturer of specialty access products, has teamed up with Troy Lowe, decorated military veteran, firefighter and SWAT team member, to manufacture and distribute the BarracudaTM intruder defense system, a door security device designed to protect occupants against building trespassers.

NSBA Annual Conference Shuttle Service Information

This helpful flyer will show you the hours of operation, frequency of shuttle pick-ups, and also let you know the hotel routes and board locations for the duration of the 2015 NSBA Annual Conference.



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