Federal Programs

NSBA Urges the U.S. Supreme Court to Uphold Long-Standing Processes that Encourage Parent-School Collaboration in Special Education

October 14, 2016 – The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB), the School Superintendents Association (AASA), Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), and National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools.

“IDEA’s due process procedures were put in place for the benefit of students with disabilities,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, National School Boards Association Executive Director and CEO. “Parents and schools working collaboratively to address the individual educational needs of students produces the best outcomes for students with and without disabilities, their parents, and their local school districts. We encourage the Court to discourage any resolution that encourages more litigation and diverts precious funds away from the classroom.”

NSBA Statement Regarding Federal Investments for Our Students and Communities

Statement on
Federal Investments for Our Students and Communities
by
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.

NSBA Issue Brief: Education Technology at School and at Home

Since 2010, when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published Connecting America: the National Broadband Plan, NSBA has worked closely with the agency and Congress to move toward universal broadband access to improve academic achievement. In the last year, three major developments began to change the landscape: modernization initiatives at the FCC for the E-rate and Lifeline programs, and passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

2016 Annual Notices

This chart describes some of the notices required by federal law, including the method required to give notice where it is specified in the statutes and/or regulations, and provides links to documents that may be used in writing such notices. 

FCC gives broadband service helping more children gain internet access at home

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted yesterday 3-2 to update a 30-year-old program to help low-income households and their students gain high-speed Internet access. Previously, the Lifeline program only provided subsidies for voice telephone services; it didn’t include broadband. The decision is a step toward reducing the digital divide and improving student success.  

IDEA Full Funding Coalition Letter to the Senate and House

A coalition of education organizations dedicated to advocating for the full funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) submitted this letter to both the Senate and House Subcommittees on Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations. On behalf of students with disabilities, teachers, specialized instructional support professionals, parents, administrators, and school boards, the letter urges the subcommittees to provide increased funding for IDEA within the FY2016 LHHS‐Education appropriation.

114 public schools to receive Apple ConnectED grants

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In June 2013, the Obama administration announced the ConnectED program, which would connect 99 percent of America’s students to next-generation broadband and high-speed wireless in their schools and libraries and modernize the E-rate program. The National School Boards Association (NSBA) supports this initiative because high-speed connectivity is vital for preparing students and communities for success in a competitive global economy.

NSBA speaks out on federal rule making in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) joined a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief filed by the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) and multiple signatories that asks the High Court to affirm the District of Columbia Circuit’s holding in the case of Perez v.

NSBA participates in congressional briefing on school nutrition

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NSBA's Lucy Gettman addresses a congressional briefing on the business of school nutrition

Lucy Gettman, NSBA’s Director of Federal Programs, spoke to a packed room at a congressional briefing on the business of school nutrition in Washington, on Oct. 15. Gettman joined a panel that included representatives from the School Nutrition Association as well as state and local school nutrition officials.

It’s National School Lunch Week: school leaders say yes to good nutrition, no to increased costs and waste!

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) has issued a press release calling for flexibility and relief from the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to address the unintended consequences of onerous requirements for federal school meal programs in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act with the start of National School Lunch Week on Oct.13.

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