Press Releases

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Alexandria, Va. (July 7, 2015) -- The National School Boards Association (NSBA) commends the U.S. Congress for taking up the outdated No Child Left Behind law. As debate commenced today for floor action of the Senate’s Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177), NSBA sent a letter to all 100 U.S. Senators urging their strong support for moving forward on a final bill that restores community ownership to local school districts, maximizes authorized funding for Title I, and advances academic achievement among all students.

Alexandria, Va. (July 7, 2015) - In an unpublished opinion on July 6, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, ruled in favor of Meridian Joint School District, Idaho, finding that the school district had appropriately determined that a student was not eligible for special education services.  At issue in the case was whether a high-functioning autistic student with social, behavioral, and self-sufficiency needs is entitled to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) services when the disability does not adversely affect his educational performance.

Alexandria, Va. (July 1, 2015) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel was recently elected 2015-2016 Secretary Treasurer of the Learning First Alliance (LFA) Board of Directors.

Alexandria, Va. (June 26, 2015) – On Friday, June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued an historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. In the opinion, the Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when that marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state. 

In keeping with the work done in the DOMA case, NSBA will be leading the charge in helping school districts understand the impact of the holding in Obergefell and will be releasing a publication, within the next week, which will help school districts understand the impact that the holding in the case will have on their operations

The DOMA FAQ can be found at:

Detailed legal analysis on this case can be found by clicking:  NSBA’s Legal Clips

Alexandria, Va. (June 25, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) commends regular order in the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations’ proceedings today for the FY2016 Labor-Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-ED) appropriations bill, and urges Congress to forge a bipartisan agreement for a final bill aimed at avoiding another round of across-the-board budget cuts. NSBA sent a letter prior advocating for maximum investments in Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grant programs to provide school districts and local communities with the resources needed to best serve all public school students.

Alexandria, Va. (June 24, 2015) – The National School Boards Association Board member, and Board President of Blackford County Schools, Hartford City, Indiana, John S. Payne, was invited by Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN) to testify before the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, today Wednesday, June 24. 

Alexandria, VA (June 24, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased that the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee passed an appropriations bill with targeted investments in Title I grants for disadvantaged students and special education state grants under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). 

Alexandria, Va. (June 23, 2015) - Continuing the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) advocacy efforts during the appropriations process, a letter was sent to the chairman and ranking member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for today’s mark-up of the Labor-HHS-ED funding bill urging them to maximize federal investments in public education. The NSBA letter requested them to allocate a high level of funding for Title I and IDEA grants to provide school districts and local communities with resources to best serve all students, especially those with the greatest need.

Alexandria, Va.  (June 18, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) praises today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the Ohio Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Ohio v. Clark. Consistent with NSBA’s position as outlined in its “friend of the court” (amicus) brief, Justice Samuel Alito delivered the Court’s unanimous opinion and found that the school officials in this case should not be viewed as law enforcement agents, and the statements made by the young child to the teachers were not given with the “primary purpose of creating an out-of-court substitute for trial testimony.”

The National School Boards Association (NSBA), in its initial review of the House Appropriations Subcommittee’s Labor, Health & Human Services bill, views it as a good starting point, while acknowledging that work remains. Given constraints upon the overall funding allocation – $3.7 billion lower than FY 2015 – NSBA views the bill as a legitimate starting point for education investment.

“Our ultimate goal is a final bill that prioritizes America’s public school students,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “Despite a significantly reduced funding allocation, we acknowledge the Subcommittee’s effort to prioritize our nation’s students.”


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