Governance

Policies Required By Federal Law - June 2017

This chart lists Federal laws and regulations that require a policy, written procedure, or form,. School districts may need to adopt additional policies that are not included in this chart as required by state law.  

City of Houston v. Zamora (U.S. Sup. Ct. Petition Brief 2016)

Whether the Fifth Court erred in applying the "cat's paw" theory of liability to Title VII

United Student Aid Funds, Inc. v. Bible (U.S. Sup. Ct. - Petition Brief 2016)

Federal agency notice and comment rulemaking: Whether Auer v. Robbins, 519 U.S. 452 (1997), nd Bowles v. Seminole Rock & Sand Co., 325 U.S. 410 (1945), should be overruled

NSBA Comments - RE: ED Request for Information; Docket ID: ED-2015-OESE-0130 Title of Collection: Implementing Programs Under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

This letter builds on my testimony at the Department’s hearing on ESSA implementation in Washington, D.C. on January 11, 2016.  Through our comments, NSBA underscores the importance of community leadership and ownership of our nation’s public schools, while the Department considers regulations and non-regulatory guidance to implement ESSA.  NSBA believes education is a civil right, and advocates for equity and excellence in public education through local school board governance. 

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.

Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (U.S. Sup. Ct. - Merits Brief 2015)

Whether the Fifth Circuit’s re-endorsement of the University of Texas at Austin’s use of racial preferences in undergraduate admissions decisions can be sustained under this Court’s decisions interpreting the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, including Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, 133 S. Ct. 2411 (2013)

Salazar v. South San Antonio Independent School District (5th Cir.)

Equity & Discrimination: Whether a school district may be held liable under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 for the sexual assault of a student by a school principal when the abuser was the only school official with actual knowledge of the wrongdoing

Schott v. Wenk (U.S. - Petition Brief)

Liability: §1983 liability of mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse or neglect; even when (a) there is a reasonable basis to suspect abuse and (b) the report is not materially false—impermissibly chill child abuse reporting across the nation; (2) Can a First Amendment retaliation claim be maintained under Section 1983 against a statutorily mandated reporter of known or suspected child abuse when there is evidence in the record that would support a reasonable basis to suspect abuse and the report is not materially false; (3) Is a statutorily mandated reporter of known or suspected chi

Key Information for School Board Members for Meetings with Members of Congress During the August Congressional Recess

The Congressional August recess presents a unique opportunity for school board members across the country to meet locally and share with their members of Congress public education issues of great importance to their communities. This year, House members will recess from July 31 until September 7, while Senators won’t begin their recess until August 10 continuing through September 7.

During these periods when your federal lawmakers are home we hope that you will engage them in conversation from the local school board member’s perspective.

New parent “checklist” released by U.S. Department of Education

A new parent “checklist” released by the U.S. Department of Education offers questions, tips, and resources to help parents ensure their children get the best possible education from local schools.

The six-page pamphlet—the first half is in English, and information is repeated in Spanish in the second half—begins with 15 questions that parents are encouraged to ask teachers, principals, and local school leaders.

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