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

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.

  • NSBA Names Chip Slaven Chief Advocacy Officer

    May 20, 2019

    NSBA today announced that Stuart “Chip” Slaven has joined the association as Chief Advocacy Officer. Slaven will lead the Federal Advocacy & Public Policy group, which represents state school board associations and their members before the U.S. Congress and the Administration. Slaven is a government relations veteran who brings passion and extensive experience to drive our vision for public education forward.

  • COSBAC Registration Open

    May 17, 2019

    COSBAC is a forum of the communication staff from state school boards associations across North America. If you're a member of COSBAC be sure to register for the upcoming Annual Conference which will take place July 11-13, 2019.

  • NSBA Launches the Center for Safe Schools

    May 16, 2019

    The National School Boards Association announced the launch of the NSBA Center for Safe Schools, a new initiative that provides critical resources to help education leaders, administrators and the public enhance student and school safety.

  • FY2020 Appropriations Statement

    May 8, 2019

    Executive Director and CEO Thomas J. Gentzel expressed support in a letter to Congress for the House Appropriations Committee to pass its proposed 2020 budget, which contains a $4.4 billion increase from last year in education funding.

  • Early Career Awareness: A Key to Developing LifeReady Skills

    April 29, 2019

    To get students ready for life, schools need to teach students personal skills, applied knowledge skills, workplace skills and people skills as early as elementary school. Following the release of NSBA's "A Report of the Commission to Close the Skills Gap," the association and its partners encourage school districts to design and develop programs to enhance students' career awareness by connecting what they learn in school to real-world situations and programming career awareness through technology, professional development and partnerships with local community.

  • Thomas Shannon Memoriam

    April 26, 2019

    Thomas Shannon, executive director of NSBA from 1977 to 1996, died on April 17 in Ashburn, Virginia, at the age of 87. Shannon is credited with bringing stability to the federation of state and territorial school boards associations and developing and refining NSBA member services. He also is remembered as an early advocate for effective board-superintendent school governance.

  • 2019 Rise Award Recognizes Compton Unified School District

    April 23, 2019

    The National Black Council of School Board Members presented its Recognizing Innovative Strategies in Equity (RISE) Award to Compton Unified School District from California for its polices, practices and strategies that promote and ehance equitable outcomes and career readiness for African American students.

Patte Barth 2017

In memory of Patte Barth, former Director of NSBA's Center for Public Education

On June 7, 2019, Patte Barth passed away after a long battle with cancer. She has left us physically, but her research, her dedication to public education and her passion to serve every student in public schools will endure as her legacy at NSBA's Center for Public Education (CPE).

smoke free school gate

NSBA Supports Smoke-Free Schools Legislation

The National School Boards Association supports The Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2019, introduced today by U. S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah).