NSBA Hails New Education Law as Historic Win for Restoring Local Governance in Public Education

December 10, 2015

Alexandria, Va. (December 10, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) applauds President Obama for signing into law the bipartisan reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, now known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  

"Today’s signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act is a historic milestone for our nation’s 90,000 local school board members because it underscores the importance of local governance and community ownership in public education,” stated Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director of the National School Boards Association.

The work of NSBA’s legislative governing body, the Delegate Assembly, informed the development of provisions to support local governance in the new law. The legislation addresses key concerns for local school boards by reaffirming local governance, protecting federal investments in Title I grants for disadvantaged students, and preventing the diversion of public tax dollars for private use.

“NSBA applauds lawmakers for restoring local governance and working with our public education stakeholders to end the prescriptive requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act – strengthening the ability of states and local school board members to act in the best interests of students, parents, and local communities,” said Gentzel.

Working with and through our state associations, NSBA will remain steadfast in advocating before Members of Congress and the Administration to ensure that local school districts receive the funding and flexibility vital to continuous improvement in student achievement, and to advancing equity and excellence in public education.

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