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Alexandria, Va. (December 10, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) applauds President Obama for signing into law the bipartisan reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, now known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Alexandria, Va. (December 9, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) commends the U.S. Senate for passing a bipartisan, bicameral bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (S.1177). During the reauthorization process, there was a collective effort by NSBA and local school board members to advocate before Members of Congress for a modernized education law that underscores the importance of local governance, protects federal investments in Title I grants for disadvantaged students, and prevents the diversion of public tax dollars for private use.

Alexandria, Va. (December 2, 2015) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing a bipartisan, bicameral bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (S.1177). During this reauthorization process, NSBA has worked closely with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to advocate for a modernized education law that affirms the importance of local governance, protects federal investments in Title I grants for disadvantaged students, and prevents the diversion of public tax dollars for private use.

Alexandria, Va. (December 1, 2015) – On behalf of the National School Boards Association (NSBA), Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel, today sent a letter to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in support of the “Every Student Succeeds Act.”

NSBA applauds the work of the Conference Committee for its bipartisan efforts to modernize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and the steps Congress has taken thus far. School board members are encouraged by the legislation, which clarifies the federal government’s role in education decision making and reaffirms local governance. NSBA believes that this bipartisan legislation will positively affect the educational outcomes of our nation’s 50 million public school students, the performance of our more than 13,000 public school districts, and the success of both our communities and our nation. 

Alexandria, Va. (November 24, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by the Nevada Association of School Boards (NASB), filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) briefin the First Judicial District Court of Nevada in the case of Lopez v. Schwartz, urging the Court to grant a preliminary injunction to halt the pre-registration process Nevada has initiated to use public funds to provide savings accounts for private education.

“It is NSBA’s longstanding position to oppose diverting public funds away from public education to fund private schools,” stated Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “If the Court does not rule against these voucher schemes, it will strengthen efforts that seek to erode school board members’ ability to prepare all students for success in the 21st century.”

Alexandria, Va. (November 19, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) praises lawmakers for reaching a bipartisan, bicameral conference committee agreement to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

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Alexandria, Va. (November 17, 2015) - In another step toward a modernized education bill, the U.S. House of Representatives today named conferees for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Conference Committee.

(Alexandria, Va., November 10, 2015) - The Rochester City School District of New York and Hillsborough County School District of Florida participated today in the Obama Administration’s first-ever White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools. The event highlighted students, educators, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs who have proven their commitment to preparing high school students to succeed in the global workforce. The school districts highlighted during the summit were two of the first to incorporate key elements of the New Generation High Schools STEM initiative. They are members of the National School Boards Association’s Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE).

Alexandria, Va. (November 3, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by the Texas Association of School Boards Legal Assistance Fund (TASB LAF) and five other leading education groups filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (UT), urging the Court to uphold the Fifth Circuit Court’s decision in favor of the university.

“The Court’s ruling has the potential to affect all public schools seeking to promote diversity,” stated Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “We urge the Court to uphold the precedence set by current Supreme Court standards and maintain public schools’ ability to adopt and implement diversity policies that promote educational goals.”

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