NSBA Responds to President's Executive Order on Federal Control of Education

April 26, 2017

Statement by
Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director &  CEO
National School Boards Association

Alexandria, Va., (April 26, 2017) - NSBA Executive Director & CEO Thomas J. Gentzel today released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's executive order “Enforcing Statutory Prohibitions on Federal Control of Education:”

“NSBA is encouraged by the Trump administration’s executive order reaffirming the state and local role in K-12 education decision making. Our public schools have been enhancing public education in spite of federal mandates and regulatory requirements that curbed school board members’ ability to devise even more innovative educational opportunities. Federal regulations should promote balanced federal-state-local partnerships, not rigidly impose top-down controls.

Restoring governance to local decision-makers, including school boards which represent their community’s beliefs and values and know what their students need to succeed, will be a remarkable milestone. NSBA is ready to work with the administration in the review of provisions and requirements that have exceeded the scope of the federal role in education to ensure states and school board members are able to better serve the needs of students, parents, and their communities.”

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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 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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