The country has lost a consummate statesman and civil rights icon. U.S. Representative John Lewis committed his life to the ideals of equality, freedom, and human rights. He advanced his ideas with grace and determination, and he was a model of a compassionate advocate.

Rep. Lewis was a champion of public education. He worked tirelessly to support measures to improve public schools and was committed to finding the proper balance between the state and federal governments to bring about educational equity and opportunity. He strongly believed that no matter where the student lived, every student should have access to a high-quality education. NSBA strongly agrees with his belief that public education is a civil right.

This is a sad day, and we mourn the passing of the moral conscience of the Congress. The country and all of public education will miss him dearly.

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It's Time for a Great IDEA!

Originally signed into law in 1975, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the main federal statute governing special education for children. Today, IDEA protects the rights of over six million students with disabilities (approximately 13.5 percent of students) to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education in the least restrictive environment. NSBA urges the federal government to modernize and fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Act. We've recently launched a new initiative to highlight this critical need and help ensure our country’s students with disabilities receive the access and supports they need to succeed.

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NSBA Names Chip Slaven Chief Advocacy Officer

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.