Advocacy

Federal Legislative Priorities

Ensuring Equity and Excellence in Public Education

The National School Boards Association (NSBA), working with and through our state associations to represent more than 90,000 local school board members, advocates for equity and excellence in public education through school board governance. As a matter of priority, NSBA’s comprehensive advocacy and policy priorities reinforce a recent statement adopted by the association.


We affirm in our actions that each student can, will, and shall learn. Educational equity is the intentional allocation of resources, instruction, and opportunities according to need. We recognize that based on factors including but not limited to disability, race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status, students are deprived of equitable educational opportunities.

This requires that discriminatory practices, prejudices, and beliefs be identified and eradicated.

— NSBA Board of Directors, Adoption of the Definition of Equity, December 2017


To this end, NSBA believes the following legislative issues must be addressed in order for local districts to maximize educational opportunities that are available for every student to reach their greatest learning potential. In addition to the specific legislative issues outlined below, NSBA believes Congress must continue its oversight of the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to ensure state and local flexibility in K-12 education. As states and districts work to implement the law, Congress must recognize the critical role of local school boards to lead the local district planning process and set policy and programs to best meet student learning needs.

 

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

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