Federal Legislative Advocacy

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.

NSBA Fiscal Years 2017-18 Appropriations Letter

NSBA's letter urging for swift passage of a final appropriations measure for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017 that will maximize Prek-12 education investments in our nation’s 50 million public school students. 

NSBA Statement on DeVos Confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Education

Statement of Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director and CEO
National School Boards Association on the
Confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education

Alexandria, Va., (February 7, 2017) - As the leading advocate for public education, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education:

“NSBA congratulates Betsy DeVos on her confirmation as the 11th United States Secretary of Education. We look forward to working with Secretary DeVos to enhance public education and ensure that every child has an opportunity to a high quality education.

NSBA Letter on DeVos Confirmation

NSBA writes the Senate HELP Committee on the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.

National School Boards Association Policy Recommendations for Transitioning to the New Administration

The start of a new Administration provides an exciting opportunity for policymakers and education leaders to work together to set new goals and launch a new education agenda. The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is excited for the opportunity to collaborate with new leadership at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and U.S. Department of Agriculture to share our vision for education and school nutrition that focuses on local control and empowers local decision-making.

Issue Brief: Every Student Succeeds Act

Since the enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on December 10, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education has focused on implementation, which includes a broad range of both formal regulatory actions and non-regulatory guidance.

As of December 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has issued final regulations for assessments and accountability, both of which are set to become fully effective in January 2017.

NSBA joins the State and Local ESSA Implementation Network

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) announced yesterday that it is uniting with nine other leading education organizations to form the State and Local ESSA Implementation Network, a new coalition aimed at making the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) a law that puts students first.

NSBA joins State and Local ESSA Implementation Network

The National School Boards Association joins the State and Local ESSA Implementation Network. The Network sent a letter to the Acting Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. inviting the Secretary to work with them to ensure communities determine the best methods of educating our nation’s children.

President Obama releases 2017 budget proposal

President Barack Obama released his fiscal year 2017 budget request to Congress today—the eighth and final of his presidency—which includes investments to improve academic achievement, empower students with the computer science skills needed for a 21st century economy, and expand access to high-quality preschool.

In particular, part of his $4.1 trillion proposal is committed to Title I and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grants—or special education funds—to states.

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