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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. 

Tom on Point: A critical assist

Thomas J. Gentzel

At least two important developments helped to pave the way for enactment of the long-overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in late 2015. Most widely reported was the strong bipartisan support for the measure as it cleared final hurdles in Congress. That across-the-aisle cooperation was evident in the joint House-Senate conference committee, which efficiently dispatched significant differences in the separate ESEA bills that each chamber previously had passed.

Department of Ed outlines first steps in ESSA transition

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) today released a “Dear Colleague” letter to state leaders throughout the United States regarding implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

U.S. Education Department Dear Colleague Letter to States on ESSA

The U.S. Department of Education's Ann Whalen wrote this dear colleague letter to states to outline the process of transition throughout the United States to the Every Student Succeeds Act. In the letter, Ms. Whalen writes "In the coming months, ED will provide ongoing guidance to support schools, districts, and States in the transition to the ESSA.  This letter begins this process and provides guidance regarding certain activities for which we know you are working toward imminent deadlines and that are affected by this reauthorization."

NSBA ESSA Media Toolkit

This media toolkit contains outreach materials to help school board members communicate their support for the Every Student Succeeds Act. It includes talking points, NSBA-approved quotes, Sample Social Media, and other resources about the bill. 

NSBA Letter to Senate Leaders Supporting the Every Student Succeeds Act

In this letter, sent on December 7, 2015 to Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate and Harry Reid, Senate Democratic Minority Leader, Executive Director Tom Gentzel outlines NSBA's support for the "Every Student Succeeds Act."

NSBA Hails House for Passing Bipartisan Agreement to Restore Local Governance in Public Education

Alexandria, Va. (December 2, 2015) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing a bipartisan, bicameral bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (S.1177). During this reauthorization process, NSBA has worked closely with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to advocate for a modernized education law that affirms the importance of local governance, protects federal investments in Title I grants for disadvantaged students, and prevents the diversion of public tax dollars for private use.

ESSA Transition Timetable and FAQ: A Local School Board Primer

This document contains a brief, tailored overview of The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) — the 114th Congress’s effort to update the antiquated NCLB — for school board members with key information (e.g., effective date of existing waiver terminations) about how Congress has overhauled the law in favor of restoring local governance and community leadership in public education.

NSBA Letter to House Leaders Supporting the Every Student Succeeds Act

In this letter, sent on December 1, 2015 to Paul D. Ryan, Speaker of the U.S House of Representatives and Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Minority Leader, Executive Director Tom Gentzel outlines NSBA's support for the "Every Student Succeeds Act."

NSBA Applauds Lawmakers on Bipartisan Agreement to Restore Local Governance in Public Education

Alexandria, Va. (November 19, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) praises lawmakers for reaching a bipartisan, bicameral conference committee agreement to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

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