Press Releases

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New research-based tools aim to help school leaders turn around low-performing schools

Alexandria, Va. (March 18, 2015) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA), the leading advocate for public education, today introduced its new research-based initiative, Leading the Change, developed by its Center for Public Education. Leading the Change provides data-driven decision-making tools to school boards to help transform chronically low-performing schools into high-quality institutions.

National award program recognizes innovation and excellence in public schools

Alexandria, Va. (March 10, 2015) – Swan Valley School District in Saginaw, Mich., Albemarle County Public Schools in Charlottesville, Va., and ABC Unified School District in Cerritos, Calif., have been named the grand prize winners in the 21th annual Magna Awards program sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s flagship magazine, American School Board Journal. The Magna Awards recognize school districts and their leaders taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of their students and their communities.

Desire to deliver more personalized learning drives exploration of innovative technology solutions

Alexandria, Va. (March 6, 2015) – The National School Boards Association's (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network (TLN) announces its “20 to Watch” honorees for 2014-15. These distinctive education leaders from across the country are being recognized for their ability to inspire colleagues to explore and embrace innovative technology solutions that contribute to high-quality instruction and support more personalized learning experiences for students.

DCL on Communication Needs of IDEA-Eligible Students

Alexandria, Va. (March 5, 2015) – The National School Boards Association, the leading advocate for public education, today challenged a recent “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) on how to appropriately meet the communication needs of IDEA-eligible students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities.

Alexandria, Va.  (Feb. 19, 2015) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) today announced the companies chosen to be profiled in its annual Technology Innovation Showcase.  The education technology start-up companies are:  Classcraft, Educurious, New Classrooms Innovation Partners, NumberShire, RobotsLAB, and TeacherMatch.

Alexandria, Va. (Feb. 19, 2015) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) has recently partnered with Future Ready Schools (FRS), a diverse coalition of educational partners focused on maximizing digital learning opportunities. The FRS mission is to help prepare students for success in college, career and citizenship. These efforts come at a time when districts are embracing college and career readiness as a goal for all students. Currently, 1600 districts have already signed the Future Ready Pledge, an effort led by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the U.S. Department of Education.

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."


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