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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.”

Alexandria, Va. (October 28, 2015) - NSBA's Center for Public Education (CPE) looks at the various forms of school choice, and drawing upon relevant research and statistics, the effects each has on student achievement. CPE finds that that while many schools of choice do an exemplary job, “the results aren’t universally better than those produced by traditional public schools.”

“America’s public schoolchildren are dependent on us, policymakers and the public, to make informed decisions that will lead to improved outcomes,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “CPE shines a spotlight on education options in its study, finding that not all choices are equal.”

Alexandria, Va. (October 2, 2015) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to announce the district winners of the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) 2015 Award for Urban School Board Excellence: Ohio’s Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Indiana’s Fort Wayne Community Schools, and Nebraska’s Lincoln Public Schools.

Each year CUBE recognizes exemplary school boards for their excellence in school board governance, ability to build civic capacity, success in closing the achievement gap and working for equity in education, and demonstrated success of academic excellence. At CUBE’s annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona, October 1-3, the winning districts had the opportunity to share their success stories and best practices, highlighting the crucial connection between effective school board governance and student achievement.

“NSBA is happy to honor Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Fort Wayne Community Schools, and Lincoln Public Schools for their accomplishments and ongoing work to improve student learning in their districts,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association.

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