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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.

Alexandria, Va. (Feb. 2, 2015) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA) filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief today in the North Carolina Supreme Court case Richardson v. North Carolina. The brief supports a lawsuit by the North Carolina School Boards Association asking the Court to strike down as unconstitutional the state’s law that provides vouchers for students to attend private schools.

NSBA’s brief points out that the voucher program’s lack of accountability measures means parents will be denied the ability to assess the quality of the education their students receive. Under the program, private schools in the state do not have to comply with state accountability, academic, and curricular standards, are not required to employ minimally qualified teachers, and do not have to report their low performance.

Alexandria, Va. (Jan. 29, 2015) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA) joined a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief filed today by the leading state and local government organizations asking the High Court to affirm the Tenth Circuit decision in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) v. Abercrombie & Fitch, that an employer is not liable under federal law for failing to provide a religious accommodation to a prospective employee who did not ask for an accommodation. 

Statement of the National School Boards Association

Alexandria, Va. (Jan. 20, 2015) - The National School Boards Association, the leading advocate for public education, shares the president’s sentiment expressed in the State of the Union address to "prepare our kids for a more competitive world."

Alexandria, Va. (Jan. 16, 2015) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) announces that Lifetouch is now the official photographer of the association.  An employee-owned photography company, Lifetouch will document the activities and leaders of the organization, including the Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C., in February and NSBA’s Annual Conference in Nashville in March.

Statement of the National School Boards Association

Alexandria, Va. (Jan. 14, 2015) - As Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), and other lawmakers discuss their priorities for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) , the National School Boards Association announces its top priorities to advance student achievement and ensure all students have equitable access to a high quality education. Also in a speech Monday (Jan. 12), U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan outlined Administration priorities for reauthorizing No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the latest iteration of ESEA.

Jan. 12, 2015 - Statement of NSBA - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) announces the January 2015 launch of its online donor portal in support of its 501(c)(3) work on behalf of America’s public schools and our nation’s public school children - Stand Up 4 Public Schools at www.standup4publicschools.org.

Statement of the National School Boards Association

Alexandria, Va., (Dec 11, 2014) - The National School Boards Association applauds today’s historic action by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to modernize the E-rate program and improve high-speed broadband connectivity for rural and remote schools and libraries across our great nation.

Alexandria, VA  (Dec. 5, 2014) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) applauds the efforts of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Wheeler to infuse $1.5 billion into the E-rate program, and is placing its support on-record in advance of a December 11 Open Meeting in which a second FCC Report and Order on modernizing the E-rate program will undergo consideration.

Alexandria, VA (Nov. 24, 2014) —NSBA, in support of the State of Ohio, has joined the National Education Association (NEA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) today in filing a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Ohio v. Clark. At issue in this case is whether teachers or other school personnel who serve as mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse should be treated as law enforcement agents for purposes of the Confrontation Clause, a constitutional protection under the Sixth Amendment that grants those accused of a crime the right to confront witnesses.

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