On July 12, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced a plan to create a pilot program to invest up to $200 million over three years to enhance cybersecurity in schools and libraries. In response, National School Boards Association (NSBA) Executive Director and CEO Verjeana McCotter-Jacobs made the following statement.
June 30, 2023
On June 29, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that admissions programs at Harvard and the University of North Carolina are unconstitutional because they rely in part on racial considerations. In response, NSBA Chief Legal Officer Francisco M. Negrón, Jr. said, "The authority of school districts to employ critical tools to promote diversity through locally determined policy is long-established," adding, "the High Court did not specifically discuss K-12 diversity efforts in its opinion. Preventing racial isolation and ensuring a diverse student population benefit students across all student populations in a variety of ways, including higher academic achievement, increased high school graduation rates and college enrollment rates, as well as enhanced civic participation — benefits the Supreme Court has recognized time and again,” including in a dissent today from Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson that cited NSBA’s amicus brief.
June 27, 2023
The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) American School Board Journal (ASBJ) recently received two awards — a gold and silver – during the 43rd annual EXCEL Awards. Presented by SIIA, the EXCEL Awards are the largest and most prestigious program recognizing excellence and leadership in association media, publishing, marketing, and communication.
June 12, 2023
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Verjeana McCotter-Jacobs, Esq. as its next Executive Director and CEO, beginning July 1. With more than 30 years of experience in education, law, and public safety, McCotter-Jacobs is poised to lead NSBA in its mission to support and advocate for public school students across the nation.
May 18, 2023
On December 9, Joyce Wilkerson, School Board President of the School District of Philadelphia, received the 2022 Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to representing the educational needs of urban schoolchildren through their service as a local school board member. Additionally, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) received the 2022 Award for Urban School Excellence.
May 8, 2023
Speaking to Politico regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed rule on athletic eligibility under Title IX, NSBA Chief Legal Officer Francisco M. Negrón, Jr. discussed key questions facing school boards.
May 2, 2023
Code.org, ETS, ISTE, Khan Academy, and World Economic Forum recently announced the formation of TeachAI, bringing together education, nonprofit, and technology partners, including the National School Boards Association (NSBA), to assist governments and education authorities with integrating artificial intelligence (AI) into primary and secondary curricula worldwide while protecting student safety, respecting privacy rights, and addressing issues of bias and misinformation.
April 19, 2023
During the webinar, panelists discussed how schools and districts can collaborate with community organizations and residents to connect students, families, and staff to expand learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation.
On July 10, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Representative Jared Huffman (D-CA) reintroduced the IDEA Full Funding Act, S. 2217 in the Senate and H.R. 4519 in the House. The bipartisan, bicameral legislation would finally ensure Congress' commitment to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Full funding for IDEA has long been a priority for NSBA and its members.
In her first column for NSBA's American School Board Journal (ASBJ), new NSBA Executive Director and CEO Verjeana McCotter-Jacobs writes that she's "never shied away from a challenge," adding, "and make no mistake: School leaders and public education are facing serious challenges right now." McCotter-Jacobs writes about her experiences as a lieutenant colonel with the Department of Corrections and as a school board member in Prince George's County, Maryland. Her conclusion? School board service is harder than working maximum security! Learn more about Verjeana and her vision for NSBA.