Diversity

Topeka superintendent tells how to close achievement gaps

To casual observers, Dr. Tiffany Anderson is that “boots on the ground” superintendent who wears white sneakers wherever she goes – school visits, board meetings, even as a specially invited guest walking the red carpet at February’s Academy Awards.

But to close followers of the education landscape, Anderson is equally as well known, and admired, for her success at improving achievement and closing achievement gaps for disadvantaged and marginalized students in rural, urban, and suburban public school districts. 

Wes Moore: There is potential in every student

Wes Moore was 11 years old when he first felt handcuffs on his wrists. But he ended up a Rhodes Scholar, a White House Fellow, a TV show host … and, on Monday, the keynote speaker at the final General Session of NSBA’s Annual Conference.

Moore’s story is well-known in public schools. His book, “The Other Wes Moore,” has been used across the country as an all-school read. In the book, he compares his path in life to that of another man – also named Wes Moore – who came from the same neighborhood and also had early scrapes with the law. The other Wes Moore is a convicted murderer.

NSBA Center for Public Education Study Finds Diversity Benefits Students

Alexandria, Va., (February 6, 2017) -- More than six decades after Brown v. Board of Education, far too many schoolchildren still attend segregated schools. A new report from the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Center for Public Education (CPE), “School Segregation Then & Now,” finds that integrated schools hold greater potential for helping all students succeed both academically and socially.

According to CPE’s study, the composition of our school communities matters --for improving outcomes for students and their communities, and the long-term stability and prosperity of our nation. The positive effects of diversity shouldn’t be overlooked, rather, education policymakers can and should advance their efforts to purposefully increase diversity.

Key Federal Agency Guidance 2008-2017

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

Diversity efforts upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

In a 4-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today recognized the educational benefits of diversity. At issue in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas was whether a race-conscious admissions policy designed to enhance diversity is constitutional and if diversity constitutes a valid educational goal. The Court upheld the University's policy.

NSBA Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Public Education Diversity Efforts

Alexandria, Va. (June 23, 2016) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA), the leading advocate for public education, upholds equity and diversity as an important part of its mission. NSBA applauds today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision which upheld the principle that there is an educational interest in the benefit of diversity for all students. 

U.S. Supreme Court Urged to Uphold Public Education Diversity Efforts

Alexandria, Va. (November 3, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by the Texas Association of School Boards Legal Assistance Fund (TASB LAF) and five other leading education groups filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (UT), urging the Court to uphold the Fifth Circuit Court’s decision in favor of the university.

“The Court’s ruling has the potential to affect all public schools seeking to promote diversity,” stated Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “We urge the Court to uphold the precedence set by current Supreme Court standards and maintain public schools’ ability to adopt and implement diversity policies that promote educational goals.”

Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (U.S. Sup. Ct. - Merits Brief 2015)

Whether the Fifth Circuit’s re-endorsement of the University of Texas at Austin’s use of racial preferences in undergraduate admissions decisions can be sustained under this Court’s decisions interpreting the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, including Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, 133 S. Ct. 2411 (2013)

NSBA, New Regency, Penguin Books, and the Filmmakers to Distribute 12 Years a Slave to Public High Schools

Alexandria, Va. (Feb. 21, 2014) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is partnering with New Regency, Penguin Books, and the filmmakers to distribute copies of the acclaimed film, book, and study guide 12 Years a Slave to America’s public high schools.

The initiative, coordinated by Montel Williams, will start to distribute 12 Years a Slave nationwide in September 2014 in concert with the new school year. It is modeled against an initiative Williams launched to distribute the Civil War film Glory to public high schools that ultimately led to The Montel Williams Show.

NSBA, New Regency, Penguin Books, and the Filmmakers to Distribute “12 Years a Slave” to U.S. Public High Schools

Alexandria, Va. (Sept. 18, 2014) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) has partnered with New Regency, Fox Searchlight, Penguin Books, and the filmmakers to make copies of the acclaimed film, book, and study guide “12 Years a Slave” available to America’s public high schools.

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