NSBA issues comments on U.S. Dept. of Ed Proposed SNS rule

In response to the U.S. Department of Education’s notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Title I – Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged – Supplement not Supplant, NSBA issued comments expressing its support for local governance and commitment to the education of over 50 million students nationwide, and detailing specific areas of concern regarding the rule. The comments are available here in their entirety.

Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director and CEO, NSBA issued the following statement on behalf of NSBA regarding the proposed rule:

“Education funding should be of the highest federal priority to ensure that all of our nation’s students have the opportunity to receive a high quality education that helps prepare them to live productive and satisfying lives.

The Department’s proposed rule will not alone further educational opportunity, and will undermine ongoing efforts by local school board members to increase opportunities for students in need, forcing local education leaders to focus more on regulatory compliance than on the educational needs of their students.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) clearly defines parameters that inform how States and local school districts should demonstrate that Federal funds are used in a supplemental, additive manner-- equipping local education leaders with the flexibility necessary to better educate and meet the needs of their students. Provisions in the rule violate ESSA and constitute the type of federal overreach Congress specifically prohibits the Department from undertaking.

NSBA opposes the proposed rule in its current form and will continue to advocate on behalf of local school boards to support and strengthen local governance of public education to provide the highest quality education and equal educational opportunity for all children.”

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