National School Boards Association Statement on President's 2018 Spending Bill

March 23, 2018

Support for Students in Public Schools Strengthens Nation

Alexandria, Va. (March 23, 2018) - NSBA Executive Director & CEO Thomas J. Gentzel today released the following statement:

 “The federal budget for 2018 passed by Congress and signed by President Trump is a welcome step in the right direction. Restoring funds and allocating funding for new investments in public education is needed after years of cuts that squeezed budgets that were hit very hard during the Great Recession. Even with significant financial challenges, public schools fully supported their students and enhanced public education.

“The adoption of the budget creates long-awaited opportunities to make new investments in rural broadband, school safety and infrastructure. These are critically important aspects that need funding to create new learning opportunities, upgrade security and build or modernize schools to enhance learning.

“The budget will help school districts address technology and support for students with special needs, invest in K-12 and early childhood programs, including care and education, as well as ensure profession-ready and effective educators or teacher and principals are in every classroom and school.

“Today was a good day for more than 50 million students, public education leaders and the nation. Yet, there is more work to continue to improve public schools. The future of our workforce also depends on funding for career and technical education and educators who are recruited, prepared and supported to help every child reach their greatest learning potential. NSBA remains steadfast in its commitment to ensure students in public schools receive the support they deserve from Congress and the Trump administration.” 

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA believes education is a civil right necessary to the dignity and freedom of the American people, and all children should have equal access to an education that maximizes his or her individual potential. The association represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S.

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