Federal Legislative Advocacy

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.

NSBA Calls on Lawmakers to Support Public Schools

Alexandria, Va. (February 3, 2016) – In advance of today’s “Expanding Education Opportunity through School Choice” hearing, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) sent a letter to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, highlighting the range of options for school choice that are provided by our nation’s public school districts. 

“There are many successful and diverse programs of study currently offered by many of our public school districts,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, NSBA. “Those options do not divert federal dollars to non-public schools as vouchers and tuition tax credits do, and are effective in expanding opportunities for students and can help schools in their efforts to serve our nation’s 50 million public school students.”

NSBA Applauds Bipartisan Effort to Reauthorize Child Nutrition Act

Alexandria, Va. (January 19, 2016) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA), in a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry, expressed its qualified support today of the Improving Child Nutrition, Integrity and Access Act of 2016 (ICNIA) in advance of Wednesday’s (1/20/2016) committee markup.

NSBA Hails New Education Law as Historic Win for Restoring Local Governance in Public Education

Alexandria, Va. (December 10, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) applauds President Obama for signing into law the bipartisan reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, now known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

NSBA Praises Senate for Passing Bipartisan Education Bill to Restore Local Governance in Public Education

Alexandria, Va. (December 9, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) commends the U.S. Senate 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 the reauthorization process, there was a collective effort by NSBA and local school board members to advocate before Members of Congress for a modernized education law that underscores 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.

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.

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