Charter Schools

NSBA Letter to the Hill "Helping Students Succeed Through the Power of School Choice" Subcommittee Hearing 2-1-2017

NSBA letter "Helping Students Succeed Through the Power of School Choice" asks the U.S. House of Representative subcommittee hearing to review the options provided by public school districts such as local magnet schools and charter schools authorized by local school boards to military academies and those schools offering STEM.   NSBA attached the Center for Public Education's January 2017 paper "School Choice:  What the Research Says" which looks at the effectiveness of educational choice.

Key Federal Agency Guidance 2008-2017

Key Federal Agency Guidance Affecting Schools November 2008 - February 2017. 

Database: Authorized Leaders

School board meeting

School boards play a pivotal role as the main authorizers of charter schools

Jim Hull

NSBA Lauds PDK/Gallup Public Poll Findings that Value Local Public Schools and Resist Vouchers

(Alexandria, Va. – August 23, 2015) In its advance review of the newly-released 47th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to find strong public support for local governance, resistance to vouchers, and high marks for local schools.

This year’s PDK/Gallup Poll is titled “Testing Doesn’t Measure Up for Americans.” In addition to garnering public opinion on standardized testing, the poll explores an array of education “hot topics,” including Common Core, school choice, school performance, school funding, vaccinations, and more. New to this year’s poll, data are reported by specific population sectors, including public school parents, political party affiliation, and race (white, black, and Hispanic).

“For the 10th consecutive year, Americans named lack of financial support as the biggest problem facing their local schools,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “ESEA reauthorization offers an opportunity to ensure that every public school district is adequately funded and able to support high-quality teaching and learning.”

NSBA asks NC Supreme Court to strike down state voucher program

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief  Feb. 2 in the North Carolina Supreme Court case Richardson v. North Carolina. The brief supports a lawsuit by the North Carolina School Boards Association asking the Court to strike down as unconstitutional the state’s law that provides vouchers for students to attend private schools.

2015 Advocacy Institute Legislative Advocacy Background Materials

This document provides background information on the following legislative advocacy items that will be discussed in the 2015 Advocacy Institute

PDK/Gallup Poll Reflects Americans’ Support for School Board Governance

NSBA Letter to House of Representatives expressing concerns regarding H.R. 10

NSBA letter urging the full House of Representatives to vote “no” on H.R 10, the Success and Opportunity through Charter Schools Act. While NSBA supports Charter Schools, concerns applicable to funding, accountability, and aid for facilities are included.

NSBA Opposes Congress’s Attempt to Expand Charter Schools

Alexandria, Va. (May 8, 2014) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA), the leading advocate for public education representing more than 90,000 local school board members, is opposed to H.R. 10, the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act, which is scheduled for a floor vote this week.


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