Federal Insider Podcast
Get your up-to-date, inside the beltway education information straight from NSBA's Chief Legal Officer Francisco M. Negrón, Jr. and Director of Lobbying and Federal Legislation, Deborah Rigsby. Federal Insider is a benefit to members of National Connection, the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE), and the Council of School Attorneys (COSA).
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We hope you enjoy the following podcasts which are open for the public.
Dec. 15, 2020
Dec. 2, 2020
April 7, 2020 Recording There is now a 4th emergency supplemental package in Congress. Deborah breaks down the 3rd and 4th emergency supplemental packages as NSBA and other education groups are advocating for funding for the E-rate program. Francisco provides updates on IDEA during this time of social distancing.
March 24, 2020 Recording Members of the House and Senate are negotiating the third emergency supplemental package to help states, local governments, and the healthcare community respond to the spread of the novel coronavirus. Deborah and Francisco bring you the latest including what can be done to help special education students during this time of social distancing.
March 10, 2020 Recording Deborah and NSBA’s Sonja Trainor welcome special guest Donna Mazyck, Executive Director of the National Association of School Nurses. They discuss the coronavirus, preventative measures, and resources to help keep you informed and to plan for an outbreak in your community.
January 21, 2020 Recording Deborah has a discussion with Jessica Cardichon, Director of Federal Policy with the Learning Policy Institute. They talk about equity in education, career and technical eduction, and legislative education priorities for 2020.
November 13, 2019 Recording The U.S. Supreme Court is contemplating a ruling over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Deborah and Francisco provide the latest updates on DACA and more.
October 29, 2019 Recording Deborah and Francisco provide updates on the status of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) and important legal cases brewing in the U.S. Supreme Court.
September 24, 2019 Recording Congress is working on a continuing resolution to keep the federal government open for the next 50+ days. If signed by President Trump, this continuing regulation will continue current funding levels for education programs.
Francisco discusses the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court term and this week's Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) Annual Conference in Miami, Fl.
September 11, 2019 Recording Deborah and Francisco provide updates on Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2020, the reauthorization and full funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), school finance, and recent legal cases, including a Montana dispute over religious school subsidies.
August 27, 2019 Recording Deborah and NSBA's Sonja Trainor discuss E-Rate, the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), and court cases happening in the appellate courts.
August 13, 2019 Recording Deborah and Francisco provide the latest on Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2020, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), and the public charge rule.
July 16, 2019 Recording Francisco and NSBA's Chip Slaven provide updates on Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2020, the 2020 U.S. Census, and more "inside the beltway" legal and legislative insights.
July 2, 2019 Recording In today's podcast, meet Chip Slaven, NSBA's Chief of Advocacy; also meet, Danny Carlson, Associate Executive Director, Policy and Advocacy at the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). Chip and Danny discuss the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA).
November 27, 2018 Recording Francisco and NSBA's Sonja Trainor provide legal updates, including a discussion of a future U.S. Supreme Court case, New York v. Ross regarding the question of citizenship being added to the 2020 Census, another case being petitioned to the U.S. Supreme Court dealing with access for transgender students to restrooms, locker rooms, etc., plus more topics.
November 13, 2018 Recording In this final episode of Season 1, Deborah talks with Cara Brumfield, Senior Policy Analyst with Georgetown University's Economic Security and Opportunity Initiative, about the 2020 Census and its impact on education investments, immigration/DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), and Census participation rates. For future podcasts, National Connection participants, CUBE, and COSA members will need their login to access.
October 23, 2018 Recording This podcast focuses on the next steps of tax reform and implications for our school districts and communities. Emily Swenson Brock of the Government Finance Officers Association joins Francisco and Deborah to discuss infrastructure and tax-exempt financing for school districts. With the current election cycle, insight about school board elections is also discussed.
October 9, 2018 Recording Deborah discusses the federal education budget bill and how it will be distributed to states and local school districts with John Woolums, Director of Government Relations with the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE).
September 25, 2018 Recording Deborah and Francisco provide updates on Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2019, child nutrition, and school safety.
September 11, 2018 Recording Deborah and Francisco discuss recent movements on Capitol Hill including the reauthorization of the farm bill where child nutrition programs are being addressed, it's now in House-Senate conference committee, three separate bills introduced yesterday for tax reform 2.0 and school safety.
August 28, 2018 Recording NSBA's Sonja Trainor discusses a recent study conducted by NSBA's Center for Public Education on how teachers in the United States and Finland view their careers with Patte Barth, Director of the Center for Public Education and special guest Rob Weil, Director of Field Programs, Educational Issues at the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).
August 14, 2018 Recording In this episode, receive updates on Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2019 and school safety. NSBA will soon release its school safety guide, "Fostering Safer Schools: A Legal Guide for School Board Members on School Safety."
July 31, 2018 Recording Deborah and NSBA's Sonja Trainor provide updates on the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2019, and school safety.
July 17, 2018 Recording Deborah and Francisco provide updates on Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2019, DACA, school safety and recent developments with the U.S. Supreme Court.
July 3, 2018 Recording Deborah discusses career and technical education and the reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act with NSBA’s Director of the Center for Public Education, Patte Barth, the Director of Public Policy at the Association for Career and Technical Education, Alisha Hyslop and NSBA’s Program Director of Education Innovation, Ann Flynn.
June 19, 2018 Recording In this podcast, Francisco discusses the plight of our country's immigrant students and the impact their uncertain status has on school districts, with special guest, Sanaa Abrar, Advocacy and Policy Manager for United We Dream.
June 5, 2018 Recording Deborah and Francisco provide timely updates on Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2019, Impact Aid, DACA, and school safety.
May 22, 2018 Recording In this edition of Federal Insider, Deborah and Francisco provide legislative and legal updates on DACA, net neutrality and school safety.
May 8, 2018 Recording The first podcast dives into the federal budget and appropriations and the South Dakota v. Wayfair case, which stands to impact the fate of sales taxes on internet purchases.