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Statement of Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director and CEO
National School Boards Association on the
Confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education

Alexandria, Va., (February 7, 2017) - As the leading advocate for public education, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education:

“NSBA congratulates Betsy DeVos on her confirmation as the 11th United States Secretary of Education. We look forward to working with Secretary DeVos to enhance public education and ensure that every child has an opportunity to a high quality education.

Alexandria, Va., (February 6, 2017) -- More than six decades after Brown v. Board of Education, far too many schoolchildren still attend segregated schools. A new report from the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Center for Public Education (CPE), “School Segregation Then & Now,” finds that integrated schools hold greater potential for helping all students succeed both academically and socially.

According to CPE’s study, the composition of our school communities matters --for improving outcomes for students and their communities, and the long-term stability and prosperity of our nation. The positive effects of diversity shouldn’t be overlooked, rather, education policymakers can and should advance their efforts to purposefully increase diversity.

Alexandria, Va., (January 30, 2017) – The National School Boards Association today launched the Clean, Green and Safe Schools initiative with the aim of providing school board members information they can use to develop policies and protocols to provide a healthy and safe environment for students, teachers, administrators and visitors. The initiative also provides access to experts who can help school boards develop and implement a working plan to improve school buildings, so they are energy and cost efficient, safe, and designed to provide an optimal learning environment.

Alexandria, Va., (January 23, 2017) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) working with and through state associations and more than 90,000 school board members is committed to providing the highest quality education for every child. At a time when public schools are educating more students at a higher level than ever before in history – and doing so despite enormous financial challenges – recent statements by the Trump administration are troublesome. The profound lack of knowledge about public education, as reflected in comments about public schools being “flush with cash” and badly underserving the nation’s children, coupled with policy proposals based on these “alternative facts”, pose a threat to a high-quality education for more than 50 million students.

Alexandria, Va. (December 22, 2016) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) along with the California School Boards Association and its Legal Alliance Fund, the Colorado Association of School Boards, and the Horace Mann League have filed an amicus brief in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1 asking the court to uphold the standard the Court established in the Rowley case decades ago that provides for students to receive an educational benefit from their special education. A ruling in favor of Endrew F. would create confusion that would jeopardize the level of educational benefits school districts provide students with disabilities, endangering the ability of schools to meet individual student needs.

Alexandria, Va. (Dec. 9, 2016) – Tomorrow, December 10, is an important date in the history of public education and school governance. It is the day President Obama signed the landmark Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which restored local governance and community ownership of public education.

Alexandria, Va. (Nov. 23, 2016) Statement by Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director and CEO, National School Boards Association on the Appointment of Betsy DeVos, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Nominee

November 22, 2016 - Nine national education organizations, including the National School Boards Association, call upon their constutents and all education leaders to

November 9, 2016 - We, as a nation, must invest in public education to ensure every child has an opportunity to realize their potential. The National School Boards Association (NSBA) and the more than 90,000 school board members hope the new administration and new Congress will make it a priority.

November 2, 2016 - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) today issued comments 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 expressed its support for local governance and commitment to the education of over 50 million students nationwide, and detailed specific areas of concern regarding the rule.

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