Educational Legislation

NSBA Capitol Hill Letter on Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 5587)

NSBA urges the House’s passage of this bill. NSBA, representing more than 90,000 local school board members across the nation, working with and through our state associations, supports the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act” (H.R. 5587). This bipartisan legislation reflects the concerted effort among our school districts, communities, business and industry, and institutions of higher education to ensure that our students are prepared to succeed in the workforce.

NSBA Applauds Senate Vote on School Choice Amendment as ESEA Reauthorization Continues

Alexandria, Va. (July 14, 2015) - As the rewrite of No Child Left Behind progresses, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) continues to strongly oppose authorizing the use of federal dollars for private education. On behalf of the nation’s 90,000 school board members, NSBA recently announced a call to action against adoption of any amendments that would support private vouchers, tuition tax credits, or expand existing voucher programs. 

NSBA and AASA Urge Harkin to Change Position on Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Public Schools

Alexandria, Va. (Feb. 12, 2014) – Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director of the National School Boards Association (NSBA), and Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued a joint statement today in response to new legislation introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Chairman, U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. The new bill would reduce the authority of states and local school districts to decide the appropriate use of restraint and seclusion in public schools. Restraint and seclusion are used as a last resort in situations that may endanger the safety and welfare of students, teachers and other school personnel.

NSBA President Addresses the Need for Education Investment before U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Subcommittee

Alexandria, Va. (March 25, 2014) – Today, National School Boards Association (NSBA) President David A. Pickler testified on education funding issues before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. Pickler was the only witness selected from the K-12 community to address specifically the funding needs of America’s public schools. 

North Carolina School Boards Association Press Release Re: NC School Voucher Program Decision

North Carolina School Boards Association press release announcing Wake County Syperior Court Judge Hobgood's bench opinion ruling that the state's private school voucher program violates the state constitution.

Horne and Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives v. Flores (U.S. Sup. Ct.)

Equal Educational Opportunities Act:  Adequacy of State funding of English Language Learner programs—interpretation of “appropriate action” requirement; effect of NCLB on EEOA. Filed March 25, 2009. 

NSBA’s Actions Regarding the Common Core State Standards

Read about NSBA’s actions regarding Common Core: Congressional testimony, policy statements, and grassroots calls to action.

Background on the Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards set forth academic standards for English language arts and mathematics and reflect knowledge and skills students need to succeed in college and career.

NSBA’s Position on National Academic Standards

NSBA strongly urges Congress to provide maximum authority and flexibility to the states regarding academic standards.


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