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NSBA Advance Statement on the Wed., Feb. 11 Markup of the Student Success Act (H.R. 5)

February 10, 2015

Alexandria, Va. (Feb. 10, 2015) - In a Feb. 10 letter from National School Boards Association (NSBA) Executive Director Gentzel to Chairman Kline and Senior Democratic Member Scott of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, NSBA applauds Chairman Kline and the Committee for their leadership and commitment to advance the long overdue reauthorization of ESEA.  NSBA commends the overall goal of H.R. 5 to modernize ESEA and limit the budgetary and regulatory authority of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) over school districts, and supports several updates and improvements in the bill, NSBA voiced concern regarding some aspects of the legislation in advance of the Feb. 11 markup: 

Funding Caps

  • Level funding for Title I across FYs 2016-2021 retreats from the federal commitment to adequately fund public education; in addition, elimination of state maintenance of effort (MOE) requirements lowers states’ incentives to maintain their investment in education.

Charter Schools and Vouchers

  • NSBA opposes authorizing the use of public dollars for private education. NSBA supports charter schools authorized by local school boards for the communities in which the charter operates, and has concerns regarding the charter school provisions in the bill.  NSBA also registers concerns regarding Title I portability provisions that could impact resources between Title I schools and non-Title I schools.

Going forward, NSBA will continue to work with the House and Senate to ensure passage of a modernized federal law that fully supports local and community leadership and provides America’s public school students with the highest-quality education.  Review the full NSBA letter here.

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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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