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The Hillsborough county public school board members smile at the camera

Florida’s Hillsborough County School District Winner of 2019 Urban School Board Excellence Award

NSBA recognizes Hillsborough County, the eighth-largest school district in America, with the Award for the Urban School Board Excellence for their outstanding school board governance, academic improvement, educational equity and community engagement.

  • Statement in Response to 2019 PDK Poll Result

    August 5, 2019

    Through continuous growth and innovation, public schools provide exceptional learning opportunities for schoolchildren across the country, and so it comes as no surprise that the PDK Poll again found that K-12 parents give high marks to their children’s local schools. Read more from NSBA Executive Director & CEO Thomas J. Gentzel's statement in response to the 2019 PDK Poll results.

  • Universal Service Fund Cap Statement

    July 31, 2019

    Created in compliance of the Telecommunications Act in 1996, the Universal Service Fund provides affordable internet access to low-income and rural areas. In its comments to the FCC, NSBA made clear that placing an overall spending cap on the fund will lead to unnecessary competition among its four programs.

  • Smoke Free Schools Act Statement

    July 26, 2019

    NSBA supports The Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2019 introduced in the House today. The legislation would ban e-cigarette usage in educational and childcare facilities.

  • Alabama Association of School Boards and Georgia School Boards Association Named Recipients of Leading Edge Award

    July 15, 2019

    NSBA recognizes the Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB) and Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) for their development of innovative projects that promote and advance public education.

  • Census Citizenship Question Statement // Declaración sobre la Cuestión de Ciudadanía en el Censo

    June 27, 2019

    The National School Boards Association commends today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Dept. of Commerce v. New York. This is a decision that could have a profoundly positive and long-lasting impact on schoolchildren in our public schools.

  • An Inaccurate Census Count Jeopardizes Educational Opportunities

    June 25, 2019

    The ability of public schools to carry out their mission will be severely undermined if the federal government undertakes measures such as the inclusion of a question on citizenship in the Decennial Census, which U.S. Census Bureau and survey experts predict will undercount the number of children and families our schools serve.

  • Underserved & rural communities stand to lose with proposed E-rate and USF cap

    June 24, 2019

    Access to the internet is a necessity in today’s society. Capping the Universal Service Fund & E-rate program, which connect nearly 100% of schools & libraries to the internet, will only hurt those who need and depend on it to stay connected.

A portrait of Deena Hayes

Guilford County North Carolina School Board Member Winner of 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

Deena A. Hayes, Chairwoman of North Carolina’s Guilford County Board of Education, is the winner of the 2019 Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award.

Portsmouth School Board Member Winner of Lifetime Achievement Award

NSBA's Council of Urban Boards of Education CUBE is pleased to announce Cardell C. Patillo, Jr., board member and Finance Chair of the Portsmouth, Virginia School Board, winner of the 2018 Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award. The Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual who, through their service as a local school board member, has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to representing the educational needs of urban schoolchildren.