Equity & Discrimination

Color blindness hampers work to close achievement gaps

School leaders wanting to reduce gaps in student achievement and success can’t proclaim “I don’t see a child’s color” and advance such efforts. In fact, such positions may hamper change.

That advice was shared by several speakers at NSBA’s Annual Conference preconference workshop on Friday, “Achieving Equity: Leadership Strategies and Promising Practices for Closing the Opportunity and Achievement Gaps.” The clinic centered on equity programs of the Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA) and two districts in that state.

NSBA FAQs on Transgender Students in Schools

School boards and their communities are urged to use this guide as a balanced, objective resource in your conversations, and to support the mission of public schools to educate our nation’s children in safe learning environments. Version 10 (May 30, 2017)

Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (U.S. Sup. Ct. - Merits Brief 2015)

Whether the Fifth Circuit’s re-endorsement of the University of Texas at Austin’s use of racial preferences in undergraduate admissions decisions can be sustained under this Court’s decisions interpreting the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, including Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, 133 S. Ct. 2411 (2013)

SB v. Board of Education of Harford County (4th Cir.)

Legal System: Section 504 claims seeking monetary damages for alleged peer harassment based on disability are subject to Title IX standard set forth in the U.S. Supreme Court in Davis

NSBA Equity Symposium

This one-day symposium will provide a forum for school board members, educators, and other stakeholders (such as public school advocates, community leaders, etc.) to examine and discuss strategies, current trends, research, and best practices that are positively impacting the educational outcomes of academically and economically disadvantaged students in traditional K-12 public settings. Read more

Equity Symposium

2018 Equity Symposium
February 3, 2018

Marriott Marquis
Washington, D.C.

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Leaderboard Oct 2015

The latest from NSBA and ASBJ leadership.

From the Editor: Star light, star bright
Kathleen Vail
ASBJ editor Kathleen Vail writes about her trip to Boise, Idaho to meet teacher-turned-astronaut Barbara Morgan.

OCR June 2015 Response to NSBA's March 2015 Letter RE: OCR's November 2014 "Dear Colleague Letter" Title II "effective communication" Regulatory Guidance

On June 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) sent a letter to the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) General Counsel Francisco M. Negrón, Jr. responding to his March 5, 2015 letter to OCR regarding the regulatory guidance it issued in November 2014 on the subject of the Americans with Disabilities Title II "effective communication" regulation. 

Hamilton Cnty. Sch. Bd. v. Haslam

HCBOE's response to state's motion to dismiss school funding equity suit.

Supreme Court reverses decision in EEOC case

On Monday the Supreme Court reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit’s decision in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) v. Abercrombie & Fitch.

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