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NSBA Commends Senate for Promising Steps Toward Passage of Every Child Achieves Act

Alexandria, Va. (July 13, 2015)  -- As Senate floor proceedings to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act continue into a second week, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) is paying close attention to several issues of keen interest to America’s school boards. NSBA urges lawmakers to include provisions that reverse unnecessary federal intrusion and strengthen local governance, and oppose vouchers or any amendments that would divert federal dollars away from public schools.

NSBA Applauds Senate for Passing Amendment to Restore Local Governance in Public Education

Alexandria, Va. (July 9, 2015) -- As the leading voice for public education, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) continues to advocate on behalf of school board members throughout the country to ensure that their policy concerns are represented during the modernization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). NSBA has worked closely with senators on both sides of the aisle to consider provisions that underscore the importance of strong local governance and community ownership for our nation’s 90,000 school board members who work to provide all students with a high quality public education.  

NSBA Lauds Lawmakers’ Focus on Strong Local Governance as Efforts to Rewrite NCLB Progress

Alexandria, Va. (July 8, 2015) -- The National School Boards Association (NSBA) continues to actively engage with our nation’s lawmakers in support of a comprehensive, strategic modernization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). NSBA views local and community leadership as the cornerstone of public education in the United States.

During today’s House and Senate floor action, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle reinforced the value of school boards across the country with a call to strengthen local governance, provide greater flexibility for innovation, and guard against inappropriate levels of federal intrusion.

NSBA Applauds Lawmakers for Promising Movement Toward No Child Left Behind Rewrite

Alexandria, Va. (July 7, 2015) -- The National School Boards Association (NSBA) commends the U.S. Congress for taking up the outdated No Child Left Behind law. As debate commenced today for floor action of the Senate’s Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177), NSBA sent a letter to all 100 U.S. Senators urging their strong support for moving forward on a final bill that restores community ownership to local school districts, maximizes authorized funding for Title I, and advances academic achievement among all students.

Court of Appeals Ruling Affirms IDEA’s Educational Purpose

Alexandria, Va. (July 7, 2015) - In an unpublished opinion on July 6, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, ruled in favor of Meridian Joint School District, Idaho, finding that the school district had appropriately determined that a student was not eligible for special education services.  At issue in the case was whether a high-functioning autistic student with social, behavioral, and self-sufficiency needs is entitled to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) services when the disability does not adversely affect his educational performance.

NSBA Exec. Dir. Gentzel Elected Secretary Treasurer of Learning First Alliance

Alexandria, Va. (July 1, 2015) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel was recently elected 2015-2016 Secretary Treasurer of the Learning First Alliance (LFA) Board of Directors. A partnership of 15 leading education organizations,* LFA represents more than 10 million parents, educators, and policymakers dedicated to improving student learning in America’s public schools.

NSBA Commends Regular Order in Senate Appropriations Committee Mark-up of the Fiscal Year 2016 Labor-HHS-ED Bill

Alexandria, Va. (June 25, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) commends regular order in the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations’ proceedings today for the FY2016 Labor-Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-ED) appropriations bill, and urges Congress to forge a bipartisan agreement for a final bill aimed at avoiding another round of across-the-board budget cuts. NSBA sent a letter prior advocating for maximum investments in Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grant programs to provide school districts and local communities with the resources needed to best serve all public school students.

NSBA Applauds House Action to Move Labor-HHS-ED Bill Forward with Key Education Funding Provisions

Alexandria, VA (June 24, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased that the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee passed an appropriations bill with targeted investments in Title I grants for disadvantaged students and special education state grants under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). 

NSBA Director Testifies on Child Nutrition at Congressional Hearing

Alexandria, Va. (June 24, 2015) – The National School Boards Association Board member, and Board President of Blackford County Schools, Hartford City, Indiana, John S. Payne, was invited by Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN) to testify before the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, today Wednesday, June 24. 

NSBA Advocates for Senate Labor-HHS-ED Funding Bill to Recognize Disadvantaged Students and Special Education as Top Priorities

Alexandria, Va. (June 23, 2015) - Continuing the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) advocacy efforts during the appropriations process, a letter was sent to the chairman and ranking member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for today’s mark-up of the Labor-HHS-ED funding bill urging them to maximize federal investments in public education. The NSBA letter requested them to allocate a high level of funding for Title I and IDEA grants to provide school districts and local communities with resources to best serve all students, especially those with the greatest need.

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