Following the release of “A Report of the Commission to Close the Skills Gap,” Association Editor Rasheed Childress of Associations Now dove deeper into the subject of preparing students to enter the workforce with NSBA Executive Director & CEO Thomas J. Gentzel.

There are opportunities that many associations provide—training programs, resources, credentialing programs,” Gentzel said. “That’s where we thought the partnership between NSBA and our state associations could help. We could get that information out to the schools.”

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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.