Federal Funding

NSBA letter regarding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R.1)

NSBA's letter expresses opposition to the proposed expansion of the 529 plans as a tax provision for private schools and urges the Ways and Means Committee to retain state and local tax deductibility, as well as municipal bond programs beneficial to schools. The letter urges that advance refunding for bonds be reinstated in H.R. 1, along with the teacher tax deduction and the inclusion of provisions to address the “Cadillac Tax” on healthcare plans for teachers and other school district employees.

NSBA Urges Swift Passage of FY2018 Appropriations; NSBA Opposes Diverting $1B to Non-Public Schools

NSBA Letter dated 7/18/2017 to the House Committee on Appropriations – NSBA urges swift passage of an FY2018 appropriations measure that invests in public education and continues to put our nation’s public schools first.  NSBA supports the Appropriations Committee’s efforts to boost funding for IDEA and continued efforts to fund Title I, Impact Aid and Perkins Career and Technical Education.  NSBA strongly opposes the diversion of federal resources to non-public schools and requests the Committee to reconsider funding cuts made to Title II.

NSBA Urges Congress to Sustain Impact Aid Federal Properties Payments to School Districts

Coalition Letter to Congress urges Congress not to eliminate a funding stream which would be a reversal on a 68-year commitment to federally impacted communities. Cuts would cause financial harm as Impact Aid supports personnel and professional development, academic materials, transportation, technology, and other general operating expenses.

Analysis of Administration's FY2018 Budget request to Congress

On May 23, 2017, President Trump released the Administration’s FY2018 budget request to Congress which calls for a number of program eliminations within the U.S.

NSBA Statement on Trump Administration's Proposed FY 2018 Education Budget

Alexandria, Va. (May 23, 2017) - NSBA Executive Director & CEO Thomas J. Gentzel today released the following statement in response to Trump Administration's Proposed FY 2018 Education Budget:

NSBA Statement on FY 2017 Omnibus Bill

NSBA Executive Director & CEO Thomas J. Gentzel today released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's signing of the FY 2017 Omnibus Bill:

Cutting Funding for Public Schools Undermines Students and Nation

Alexandria, Va., (March 16, 2017) - NSBA Executive Director & CEO Thomas J. Gentzel today released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's proposed budget: “The Administration’s proposed $9 billion cut to the education budget is irresponsible, and it would put programs and needed support services provided by schools at risk if it is adopted by Congress. The proposal redirects hundreds of millions of dollars from public schools – often, school districts that rely most heavily on federal aid, forcing them to cut vital services or raise local property taxes." More:

Fiscal continuity and stability of ed programs benefits all students

Public schools across the country rely upon federal investments for key education programs such as Title I grants for disadvantaged students, special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and also programs such as Impact Aid, which provides support to school districts educating students whose parents are enlisted in our Armed Forces and those who reside on tribal trust lands.

NSBA Statement on U.S. Dept. of Education Proposed SNS Rule

November 2, 2016 - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) today issued comments in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Title I – Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged – Supplement not Supplant. NSBA expressed its support for local governance and commitment to the education of over 50 million students nationwide, and detailed specific areas of concern regarding the rule.

NSBA Statement Regarding Federal Investments for Our Students and Communities

Statement on
Federal Investments for Our Students and Communities
Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director and CEO
National School Boards Association

Alexandria, Va. (Septemer 28, 2016) -- The National School Boards Association today issued a statement regarding federal investments for our nation's public school students, urging Congress to approve a Continuing Resolution (CR) that maintains the federal commitment to our students’ success and supports the goals of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Approval of a short-term funding measure is necessary to ensure continuity and stability until a final appropriations measure is enacted.


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