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November 2, 2016 - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) today issued comments in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Title I – Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged – Supplement not Supplant. NSBA expressed its support for local governance and commitment to the education of over 50 million students nationwide, and detailed specific areas of concern regarding the rule.

October 18, 2016 - NSBA and NASSP, in partnership with the Learning First Alliance’s Get it Right campaign, have developed a communications toolkit to support school leaders and educators’ efforts to prepare high school students for success after graduation through effective community engagement.

October 18, 2016 –NSBA today announced that Lucy Gettman has been appointed Chief Advocacy Officer and that Ronald Skinner has been has appointed Chief Member Services Officer. Gettman and Skinner are being promoted from interim roles. Both will report to Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer.

October 14, 2016 – The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB), the School Superintendents Association (AASA), Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), and National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools.

“IDEA’s due process procedures were put in place for the benefit of students with disabilities,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, National School Boards Association Executive Director and CEO. “Parents and schools working collaboratively to address the individual educational needs of students produces the best outcomes for students with and without disabilities, their parents, and their local school districts. We encourage the Court to discourage any resolution that encourages more litigation and diverts precious funds away from the classroom.”

Alexandria, Va. (Oct. 1, 2016) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to announce Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma, Washington, winner of the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) 2016 Award for Urban School Board Excellence.

Much has changed since 2007 when all five of Tacoma’s comprehensive high schools were labeled ‘dropout factories.’ In just the last five years the district’s graduation rate climbed 27.3 percentage points, and enrollment in post-secondary education programs and college completion rates are climbing.

Alexandria, Va. (Sept 30, 2016) - Cheryl D. Mayes, former Metropolitan Nashville School Board member and devoted advocate for public education, was awarded the 2016 Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony on Sept.

Statement on
Federal Investments for Our Students and Communities
Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director and CEO
National School Boards Association

Alexandria, Va. (Septemer 28, 2016) -- The National School Boards Association today issued a statement regarding federal investments for our nation's public school students, urging Congress to approve a Continuing Resolution (CR) that maintains the federal commitment to our students’ success and supports the goals of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Approval of a short-term funding measure is necessary to ensure continuity and stability until a final appropriations measure is enacted.

Alexandria, Va. (September 9, 2016) – Today, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) expressed support for local governance and asked the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) to amend the proposed regulations to remove provisions and requirements that exceed the scope of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and minimize the emphasis on federal compliance by providing an opportunity for state leaders and local school board members to focus on the academic success of students. The Department also should delete provisions in proposed rules that are unnecessary, outside the scope of ESSA, and establish regulatory requirements that effectively limit the authority of state leaders and local school board members.

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to announce the NSBA 2016 Innovation Award was presented to the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA), in recognition of its innovative approach leading to enhanced leadership and association capacity, and renewed commitment to equity and diversity in student achievement.

Alexandria, Va. (July 5, 2016) – National School Boards Association (NSBA) executive director Thomas J. Gentzel was recently named chair of the Learning First Alliance’s (LFA) Board of Directors. A coalition of 14 leading education organizations, LFA represents over 10 million parents, educators, and policymakers dedicated to improving student learning in America’s public schools.


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