NSBA Applauds Senate for Passing Amendment to Restore Local Governance in Public Education

July 9, 2015

Alexandria, Va. (July 9, 2015) -- As the leading voice for public education, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) continues to advocate on behalf of school board members throughout the country to ensure that their policy concerns are represented during the modernization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). NSBA has worked closely with senators on both sides of the aisle to consider provisions that underscore the importance of strong local governance and community ownership for our nation’s 90,000 school board members who work to provide all students with a high quality public education.  

The Senate voted this morning on several amendments, including Amendment 2079 to the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177), which would help ensure that local stakeholders have a stronger voice in both the regulatory and guidance processes for ESEA. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a former school board member and past president of the Nebraska Association of School Boards, introduced the amendment with Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) to “ensure that communities have ultimate authority over their school districts,” and “strengthen the relationship among local school board members and parents.” NSBA is pleased that the amendment passed by a voice vote.

“We greatly appreciate the strong leadership of Senators Fischer, King and Tester for serving as champions for local governance during this historic debate,” stated NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel. “The passage of this amendment and related provisions in the House-passed Student Success Act are great signs of progress and significant in recognizing the critical role of community ownership in our efforts to ensure that all public school students receive an excellent public education.”

The amendment was informed by NSBA’s legislative governing body, the Delegate Assembly, and is a solid step toward providing school districts with more flexibility to respond to the needs of all students. Further, the amendment aims to support provisions strengthening local autonomy in managing school administration, budget development, and related operations that support school district responsibilities for student achievement.

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