Federal Programs

Issue Brief: Federal Funding

Increasing the federal share of funding for special education is paramount, and should be addressed before considering future funding for newly created programs that may not have proven results for program effectiveness.  Specifically, funding for competitive grant programs should be weighed against the need to address Congress’ promise to fund the federal share of a 40-year-old mandate (i.e., IDEA) that has superseded other local budget priorities for the majority of school districts and communities.  IDEA must be fully funded—as well as requirements from the Elementary and Secondary

IDEA Coalition Dear Colleague Letter: Jan. 24, 2014

NSBA joins a coalition of education associations to urge U.S. Representatives ask the President to increase funding for IDEA in his FY 2015 budget proposal.

How a Bill Becomes Law

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View the Steps to Learn How a Bill Becomes a Law

The following outlines the path that legislation follows on its way to becoming law:

NSBA's Actions in Support of Education Technology and E-Rate

Read about NSBA’s actions in support of E-Rate, including increasing funding: letters to the Administration and federal agencies, comments, and grassroots calls to action.

Background on Education Technology and E-Rate

E-Rate, the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, was first authorized in 1996 to help high-need schools and libraries get Internet access.

NSBA’s Position on Education Technology and E-Rate

NSBA supports E-Rate 2.0 to increase the quality and speed of Internet access in schools and address remaining technology gaps.

Background on Child Nutrition in Schools

Learn more about current and proposed legislation on child nutrition in schools: the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010 and HR 3663.

NSBA’s Position on School Nutrition

NSBA is committed to fostering a healthy and positive learning environment for children to succeed, and federal school meal programs are important.

NSBA's Actions in Support of Early Childhood Education

Read about NSBA’s actions in support of early childhood education, including Head Start: letters to federal agencies, comments, and grassroots calls to action.

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