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Originally signed into law in 1975, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the main federal statute governing special education for children. Today, IDEA protects the rights of over six million students with disabilities (approximately 13.5 percent of students) to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education in the least restrictive environment.

Equity Symposium Registration & Housing


Registration Fee

National Connection Districts: $195
General Registration: $225

Purchase Orders must be paid by January 11, 2019. Badges will not be printed onsite without full payment. To pay by credit card you must register online.

NSBA’s Advocacy Agenda for 2017-2018

For more than 75 years, NSBA, a federation of 49 state associations and one territory association, has been working to ensure our public education system is appropriately supported by federal policymakers, so public schools can offer the best possible environment for students to realize their dreams.


America's Cornerstone: Advocacy Agenda 2017-2018

America’s Cornerstone: Advocacy Agenda 2017-2018 outlines key issues and priorities set by NSBA’s policy-making Delegate Assembly as we continue our mission to strengthen public schools.  

Delegate Assembly approves Advocacy Agenda

NSBA’s Delegate Assembly approved the association’s advocacy agenda at its business session Friday, April 8. The meeting was held right before the start of NSBA’s Annual Conference, which opens Saturday, April 9, in Boston. The Delegate Assembly is the policy-making body of NSBA.

The annual resolutions are in two core areas:


Every Student Succeeds Act Implementation (ESSA)

NSBA Comments - RE: ED Request for Information; Docket ID: ED-2015-OESE-0130 Title of Collection: Implementing Programs Under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

This letter builds on my testimony at the Department’s hearing on ESSA implementation in Washington, D.C. on January 11, 2016.  Through our comments, NSBA underscores the importance of community leadership and ownership of our nation’s public schools, while the Department considers regulations and non-regulatory guidance to implement ESSA.  NSBA believes education is a civil right, and advocates for equity and excellence in public education through local school board governance. 

Advocacy Institute 2016 Homework

NSBA looks forward to your attendance at the 2016 Advocacy Institute, June 12-14.  To help you prepare for Hill meetings with your members of Congress, their staff or both on Tuesday, June 14, we have prepared materials and this assignment—homework covering issues applicable to your school district. 


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