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NSBA Statement Regarding Federal Investments for Our Students and Communities

September 28, 2016

Statement on
Federal Investments for Our Students and Communities
by
Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director and CEO
National School Boards Association


Alexandria, Va., (Sept. 28, 2016) - "As we approach the end of Fiscal Year 2016, Congress must finalize a bipartisan continuing resolution or other funding continuity plan that will sustain federal investments for our students, schools and communities. Vital programs such as Impact Aid, which provides support to school districts educating students whose parents are enlisted in our Armed Forces and those who reside on tribal trust lands, will be interrupted at the expense of our students if an impasse occurs. The National School Boards Association (NSBA) urges Congress to approve a Continuing Resolution (CR) that maintains the federal commitment to our students’ success and supports the goals of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Approval of a short-term funding measure is necessary to ensure continuity and stability until a final appropriations measure is enacted.

Further, as the conclusion of the 114th Congress nears, NSBA acknowledges the work of our senators and representatives to address education priorities for our nation’s 50 million public school students. Oversight of implementation of ESSA, legislation to modernize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, and reauthorization for child nutrition programs are all priorities that Congress has sought to advance for our schools this year. These initiatives must remain a priority."

 

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