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Quarterly Insight from Inside the Beltway

Federal Insider draws a straight line from the White House and the Court House to the School House. This quarterly publication offers National Connection participants in-depth, timely analysis and “inside the Beltway” insight that can help districts understand and address rising federal issues. NSBA experts translate federal legislation, rules, and regulations in a straightforward, easy-to-understand format so that school districts can respond in ways that save both time and money.

ESEA state and local governance could be coming your way

Fall 2015 Volume III, No. 1

The chances for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) are greater now than they have been since the No Child Left Behind Act was set to expire in 2007.  Read more

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Opting out of state tests could complicate options for school districts

Summer 2015 Volume II, No. 4

Standardized testing—and the accountability that goes with it—has provoked pushback from teachers and a vocal group of parents across the country. In response, many parents are refusing to allow their children to participate in state tests.  Read more

Education and Justice Departments Stretch One Court’s Ruling Across the Country

Spring 2015 Volume II, No. 3

Not long after the U.S. Department of Education released its guidance on fiscal and facilities equity, its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued another guidance document. This time, it was on “effective communications.”  Read more

Implementing the Education Election

December 2014 Volume II, No. 2

Congress has spent very little time in Washington, D.C., for the last five months. In fact, since Congress broke for the August recess, only about two dozen session (voting) days were conducted or scheduled for the remainder of 2014. One reason for this was that officials spent more time in the district with constituents prior to the mid-term elections. Read more

E-rate Redesign to Support Broadband

October 2014 Volume II, No. 1

The FCC made a sharp turn this summer to support broadband installation in schools with E-rate funds. School district that have not been a part of the E-rate program now may be eligible for money. In this issue, find out if E-rate 2.0 is for you. Also, the Office of Civil Rights has stepped up its requests for school district data collection. Federal Insider offers tips and insights on what this expanded data collection means for you and your district. Read more

Selective Federal Intrusion by USDA

June 2014 Volume 1, No. 4

The USDA is refusing to follow a directive by Congress to provide flexibility in school meals – which has Federal Insider SMH (shaking my head). In this issue, read about the puzzling behavior of the USDA, which is refusing to allow flexibility now, but has allowed it with other school meal regulations in the past. Also in this issue, find out if your district is ready for competitive food standards. Federal Insider offers some strategies to implement the standards and help minimize revenue loss. Read more

Revisiting the Administration’s Regulatory Overreach and NSBA’s Response

March 2014, Volume I, No. 3

Francisco Negrón, General Counsel and Associate Executive Director, Legal Advocacy Read More

Is Relief from Sequestration on the Horizon?

January 2014, Volume I, No. 2

Budgeting is on the agenda in Washington, D.C., right now. This issue of Federal Insider delves into the Bipartisan Budget Act being considered by the Senate. Already passed by the House (and with a promise from President Obama to sign it if it comes to him), the Act would restore 87 percent of the budget cuts from last year’s sequestration. Also in the issue, we take a look at the U.S. Department of Education’s attempts to expand civil rights information collecting in school districts. Read more

Implementation Update for Lifting the Cloud of Sequestration

January 2014, Volume I, No. 2, Page 5

The Bipartisan Budget Act was implemented through with passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 113-76) in January 2014.  Most, but not all, federal education funds lost through sequestration are restored for the current federal fiscal year.  To see funding estimates for your state under Title I, IDEA and other federal formula grants, go to the U. S. Department of Education Budget Tables.  The data on these tables are for information purposes only and do not constitute any binding agreement on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education.  They nevertheless indicate the extent to which federal education funds to states exceed funding levels in FY 2012 and FY 2013 – which is good news for school districts. Read more

The Federal Role and Local Governance

November 2013, Volume I, No. 1

The inaugural issue explores the role of the federal government in education in contemporary and historic terms. Every administration since enactment of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 1965 has influenced the trajectory of education in our nation -- “mission creep” is not the exclusive purview of any one administration. The theme of this first issue -- federal overreach in education -- is not intended to single out the current administration, but rather examines ongoing trends at the federal level to transform Washington from supportive partner contributing less than 11 percent of funding for elementary and secondary education (including school meals and Head Start), to the tail that wags the dog. By imposing conditions on federal funding and waivers and through other forms of policy described in this issue, hands are tied -- states cannot say no and districts must follow. Our guide helps put the issue in context and supports school boards and district administrators in understanding how to respond. Read more

Francisco Negrón, General Counsel and Associate Executive Director, Legal Advocacy

Mike Resnick, Associate Executive Director, Federal Advocacy and Public Policy

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