American School Board Journal

Three School Districts Earn Top Honors in 2017 Magna Awards

Alexandria, Va. (March 17, 2017) – Upper St. Clair School District, in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania; Piscataway Township Schools, in Piscataway, New Jersey; and Vancouver Public Schools, in Vancouver, Washington have been named the grand prize winners in the 23rd annual Magna Awards program.  

Sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA’s) flagship magazine, American School Board Journal (ASBJ), the Magna Awards recognize school districts and their leaders for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities. The Magna Awards are supported by Sodexo, a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and food service operations.

“Creativity and innovation are needed to help students realize their full potential,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director and CEO. “The Magna Award-winning districts are prime examples of how public schools all over the country are working to give students a high-quality education and life.”

Bringing the Standards to Life

Reflections and conversations for school board members and administrative teams

April, 2017 Denise Schares

Database: Giving Parents What They Want

The idea of school choice appeals to parents, but the reality is something else

Patte Barth

School choice advocates got a big boost with the election of the new administration. President Trump had campaigned on a promise to invest $20 billion in private and public school choice. He followed up by naming Betsy DeVos, a leading voice in the nation’s school choice campaign, to lead the U.S. Department of Education.

ASBJ - April 2017

The 2017 Magna Awards

The 2017 Magna Awards are here.

School Boards as Stewards

School board members are stewards of the principles of public education

February, 2017 George A. Goens

In most of our lifetimes, public schools were seen as the bedrock of our nation and a source of pride for our communities. They were places to realize the American dream, where the playing field could be leveled and children could pursue their aspirations and have a life better than their parents.

President's Corner: Be bolder for public education

Miranda Beard

As 2017 ushers in a brand new year and with it a new President and Congress, I can’t help but wonder about the effect these changes will have on the future of public education.

The pending changes and the challenges that will accompany them call for school board members and education leaders to be even more vigilant and strategic in their planning. They must ensure they are prepared for what may be on the horizon that could dramatically change or alter the civil right we know today as public education.

From the Editor: Easy to be green

I went to elementary school during the 1970s, in buildings constructed right after World War II. Terms like energy efficiency, daylighting, eco-friendly materials, and carbon footprint were unheard of.

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