Advocacy Institute Agenda

Representing the Voice in Public Education
February 4-6, 2018

National School Boards Association Celebrates National School Lunch Week: New Poll Validates Concerns about Federal School Meals

Alexandria, Va. (Oct. 13, 2014) – With the start of National School Lunch Week today, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) is calling for flexibility and relief from the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to address the unintended consequences of onerous requirements for federal school meal programs in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

School boards urge Duncan for more flexibility on School Improvement Grants

While the ever-expanding role of the U.S. Department of Education in state and local level matters remains a concern, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) acknowledges benefits of the proposed revisions to the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program, extending the grant period from three to five years, and allowing local education agencies to use SIG funds to implement, in one or more SIG eligible schools, a state-determined intervention model.

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NSBA’s Gentzel receives 2014 Education Policy Leadership Award

Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director of the National School Boards Association (NSBA), today received the Edward Donley Education Policy Leadership Award from the Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC). Each year EPLC presents the award to individuals who demonstrate commitment to stronger educational opportunities for all, and who work hard to improve the effectiveness of local, state, and national education policy.


Astronaut and educator Barbara Morgan stands up for public schools

Hailed as “NASA’s first educator astronaut to reach orbit,” Barbara Morgan is the latest distinguished American to join the “Stand Up 4 Public Schools” campaign of the National School Boards Association (NSBA).

Morgan, a former elementary school teacher, was NASA's first educator astronaut. She served on a 13-day mission onboard the space shuttle Endeavour in 2007. She previously trained as the backup to Teacher-in-Space Christa McAuliffe, who was a member of the ill-fated 1986 Challenger mission.

NSBA letter to U.S. House of Representatives on FY 2015 Funding for School Nutrition

NSBA reiterates support for school kitchen equipment modernization funding and temporary relief for school districts struggling with child nutrition regulations.

NSBA Letter to Full Congress Opposing the CHOICE Act

NSBA letter opposes the CHOICE (Creating Hope and Opportunities for Individuals and Communities through Education) Act and urges Congress to maximize resources for our public schools.

NSBA Letter to the House Subcommittee on Agriculture Appropriations for FY 2015

NSBA calls for school district flexibility and improvements in implementation of school meals and other child nutrition regulations.


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