January 6, 2017 - NSBA encourages members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to engage in a meaningful and deliberative manner as the Committee considers the nomination of Betsy DeVos for the position of Secretary of Education. NSBA urges congressional leaders to focus on specific issues throughout the confirmaton process, including ESSA implementation, and other education priorites as identified in NSBA's letter.
One Unified Voice Before Congress
Our advocacy efforts spring from the conviction that education of our public school children must be the nation's top priority. We are committed to ensuring that the local school board voice is heard in every public policy forum in which education decisions are made or influenced.
Legislative Priorities for the 115th Congress
NSBA believes change is here for K-12 education that will encourage and support local innovation and reform for greater student achievement in our public school districts. NSBA looks forward to partnering with the 115th Congress to accomplish these priorities that are essential to the success of our students and schools. Read more
Key Legislative Priorities
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NSBA applauds the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Our advocacy efforts in championing key programs such as Title I and IDEA grants are critical to maximizing federal investments in education.Read More
Support new legislation, HR 3663 (The Reducing Federal Mandates on School Lunch Act), which would restore local flexibility and authority to school districts struggling to comply with some provisions of HHFKA.Read More
It is crucial for local school boards to maintain decision-making authority at the local level as well as accountability for high quality educational services.Read More
We support Head Start and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten education programs as a foundation for achievement.Read More
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), originally enacted in 1975, requires that every student with a disability has access to a free, appropriate public education.Read More
Current funding meets only half the need, and NSBA supports E-Rate 2.0 and ConnectED to increase the funding and modernize the program.Read More
We support charter schools that are authorized by local school boards.Read More
We urge Congress to work with NSBA to improve, not weaken, the nation’s public schools. Vouchers and tuition tax credits siphon scarce resources, time, and attention from our nation’s public schools, which educate 50 million students.Read More
We support state-led efforts to develop and voluntarily adopt rigorous common standards with flexibility for local communities.Read More