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Alexandria, Va. (July 14, 2015) - As the rewrite of No Child Left Behind progresses, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) continues to strongly oppose authorizing the use of federal dollars for private education. On behalf of the nation’s 90,000 school board members, NSBA recently announced a call to action against adoption of any amendments that would support private vouchers, tuition tax credits, or expand existing voucher programs. 

Alexandria, Va. (July 13, 2015)  -- As Senate floor proceedings to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act continue into a second week, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) is paying close attention to several issues of keen interest to America’s school boards. NSBA urges lawmakers to include provisions that reverse unnecessary federal intrusion and strengthen local governance, and oppose vouchers or any amendments that would divert federal dollars away from public schools.

Alexandria, Va. (July 9, 2015) -- As the leading voice for public education, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) continues to advocate on behalf of school board members throughout the country to ensure that their policy concerns are represented during the modernization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). NSBA has worked closely with senators on both sides of the aisle to consider provisions that underscore the importance of strong local governance and community ownership for our nation’s 90,000 school board members who work to provide all students with a high quality public education.  

Alexandria, Va. (July 8, 2015) -- The National School Boards Association (NSBA) continues to actively engage with our nation’s lawmakers in support of a comprehensive, strategic modernization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). NSBA views local and community leadership as the cornerstone of public education in the United States.

During today’s House and Senate floor action, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle reinforced the value of school boards across the country with a call to strengthen local governance, provide greater flexibility for innovation, and guard against inappropriate levels of federal intrusion.

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 (July 7, 2015) -- The National School Boards Association (NSBA) commends the U.S. Congress for taking up the outdated No Child Left Behind law.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: http://www.nsba.org/dos-and-donts-doma

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. 

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