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New Year, New Push to Safeguard America's Public Schools

January 12, 2015

Statement of the National School Boards Association

New Year, New Push to Safeguard America’s Public Schools

Alexandria, Va., (Jan. 12, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) announces the January 2015 launch of its online donor portal in support of its 501(c)(3) work on behalf of America’s public schools and our nation’s public school children.

NSBA believes that providing a quality public education is an essential priority for our nation, and the donor portal allows for a seamless, secure way to make online tax-deductible donations that directly impact work supporting America’s public schools. Donors can make a one-time or recurring gift. The portal is easily accessible via the NSBA national campaign, “Stand Up 4 Public Schools,” www.standup4publicschools.org, or through the NSBA website at www.nsba.org.

“Public education is essential to our nation’s grassroots democracy,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “The national campaign has struck a chord among public education advocates. Those who opt to make a tax-deductible contribution to NSBA, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), are answering a shared call to action to stand up for public schools and America’s public school children.”

Today, education stands among one of the top charitable giving causes in the United States. As reported in Giving USA 2014: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2013, giving to education is estimated to have increased 8.9 percent between 2012 and 2013, to $52.07 billion. “If who you are today began with public education, then public schools truly matter to you,” said Lisa A. Bushey, Associate Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “Every child, regardless of their zip code, deserves access to a world-class public education. Contributors – whether individuals, small businesses, community groups, or other public schools supporters - are paying it forward by investing in work that supports America’s next generation.”

Learn more about the National School Boards Association and our public “Stand Up 4 Public Schools” campaign at www.standup4publicschools.org, and www.nsba.org.

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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 represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. Learn more at: www.nsba.org.

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