NSBA Comments to ED’s March 2014 Data Collection Request on the Impact of Professional Development on Fourth Grade Student Achievement in Fractions

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) offered formal comments to the Notice of the "Impact of Professional Development in Fractions for Fourth Grade" from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on April 7, 2014.  NSBA's comments noted NSBA's support for teachers continually receiving professional development. However, NSBA's comments expressed concern for the method by which ED seeks to obtain the identified data about student achievement, the data’s usefulness, and the significant cost and validity issues associated with the proposal.

Partnerships, Not Pushouts: A Guide for School Board Members on Community Partnerships for Student Success

The guide reflects the importance of school boards working in partnership with various stakeholders in supporting the success of all students. It also serves as a blueprint for school board members who wish to create a better-coordinated system of supports for children and their families. 

Moss v. Spartanburg County Sch. Dist. No. 7

Federal district in South Carolina has ruled that a school district's award of academic credit for of-campus religious instriction does not violate the First Amendment's Establishment Clause. The court concluded that the school district through the adoption and implentation of its release time policy had not offended the establishment Clause.


Learn more about issues involving state and federal standards, teacher and student classroom speech, religious rights, and controversies over instruction, textbooks, and classroom and library materials.

CPE names “10 Good Things About Public Education”

Can you name 10 good things about public education?

Patte Barth, director of NSBA’s Center for Public Education, recently wrote about the many successes in public education for American School Board Journal, and she also gave her suggestions for ways schools can improve.

For instance, she notes, fourth-graders have improved their reading skills by six points on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) over the past decade.

The benefits of outdoor classrooms

Students are happier and learn better when they spend time outdoors, research shows. A webinar sponsored by NSBA’s National Affiliate programs on Oct. 12 gave examples of how schools, even in the most urban settings, can use outdoor areas as hands-on laboratories.

Hazard pay for teachers?

In the U.S. military, there’s something called “hostile fire pay,” and it can earn you an extra $225 a month. Qualify for “imminent danger pay” and you’ll get a similar bonus.

If you’re in the Navy, and you’re willing to spend considerable time in a cramped, airtight space under the surface of the ocean, congratulations: You qualify for “submarine duty pay” — and $12,000 added to your salary.

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