2016-2017 NSBA Advocacy Agenda

Public education is the New Frontier, a place of unknown opportunities and perils, of possibilities, of dreams. Our public schools give us reason for optimism—for hope. Our hope stems from our knowledge that public education is an integral part of the solution if we honestly look at our challenges and what we need to do.

Delegate Assembly approves Advocacy Agenda

NSBA’s Delegate Assembly approved the association’s advocacy agenda at its business session Friday, April 8. The meeting was held right before the start of NSBA’s Annual Conference, which opens Saturday, April 9, in Boston. The Delegate Assembly is the policy-making body of NSBA.

The annual resolutions are in two core areas:


Every Student Succeeds Act Implementation (ESSA)

NSBA Comments - RE: ED Request for Information; Docket ID: ED-2015-OESE-0130 Title of Collection: Implementing Programs Under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

This letter builds on my testimony at the Department’s hearing on ESSA implementation in Washington, D.C. on January 11, 2016.  Through our comments, NSBA underscores the importance of community leadership and ownership of our nation’s public schools, while the Department considers regulations and non-regulatory guidance to implement ESSA.  NSBA believes education is a civil right, and advocates for equity and excellence in public education through local school board governance. 

Advocacy Institute 2016 Homework

NSBA looks forward to your attendance at the 2016 Advocacy Institute, June 12-14.  To help you prepare for Hill meetings with your members of Congress, their staff or both on Tuesday, June 14, we have prepared materials and this assignment—homework covering issues applicable to your school district. 

Advocate for America's Public Schools at NSBA's Advocacy Institute 2016

Join us January 24 - 26 in Washington, D.C., for an intensive conference highlighting a cross-disciplinary approach to effective school board advocacy. Register now at:

NSBA Applauds Next Step Toward Modernized ESEA

Alexandria, Va. (November 17, 2015) - In another step toward a modernized education bill, the U.S. House of Representatives today named conferees for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Conference Committee.

Senate action to appoint conferees is expected soon.  John Kline (R-Minn.) Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee officially announced the first conference meeting will take place Wednesday, November 18, at 2:30 p.m.

2016 Advocacy Institute Registration Form

Printable registration form for the 2016 Advocacy Institute, being held January 24-26, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

Advocacy Institute Speakers

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.


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