Equity & Discrimination

NSBA Announces New Phase of Work to Advance Equity and Excellence in Education and Appoints Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq. as Chief Equity and Member Services Officer

Alexandria, Va., June 18, 2018 -- The National School Boards Association (NSBA) announces it has named Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esquire, as Chief Equity and Member Services Officer to lead NSBA’s work to attain educational equity for public schoolchildren through local school board governance. She will report to Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA’s Executive Director and CEO.

Save the Date: School Safety & Equity Twitter Chat, Thurs. June 21, 7-8 pm ET

Join us Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m. EDT on Twitter, to discuss School Safety and Equity.  Our co-host for the chat is AASA, the School Superintendents Association.

To participate, come to NSBA’s twitter page @NSBAComm Thursday, June 21, from 7-8 p.m. EDT and use the hashtags #NSBAEquity and #Supts4Equity.

Questions we’ll pose during the chat include:

1. Whose job is it to ensure schools ar safe?

2. Are schools respnsible for community safety, too?

3. When it comes to equity and safety, are there any overlaps?

Regents of University of California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (9th Cir.)

Equity & Discrimination: Amicus brief in support of motion for a preliminary injunction to bar United States government from terminating the DACA program.

Three School Districts Earn Top Honors in 2018 Magna for Equity Programs

Alexandria, Va., (March 13, 2018) – Leyden High School District 212, Franklin Park, Illinois; Red Clay Consolidated School District, Wilmington, Delaware; and Newport News Public Schools, Newport News, Virginia, are the grand-prize winners in the 24th annual Magna Awards program sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s flagship magazine, American School Board Journal (ASBJ). This year, the Magna Awards recognize school districts and their leaders for their efforts to bring educational equity to their students.


NSBA’s Vision for Equity in Public Education

We affirm in our actions that each student can, will, and shall learn.  Educational equity is the intentional allocation of resources, instruction, and opportunities according to need.  We recognize that based on factors including but not limited to disability, race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status, students are deprived of equitable educational opportunities.   This requires that discriminatory practices, prejudices, and beliefs be identified and eradicated.

J.A.W. v. Evansville Vanderburgh Sch. Corp.

ACLU-IN's legal complaint on behalf of transgender student seeking access to gender specific facilities at school on the basis of gender identity.

Equity Symposium 2018: Identifying & eradicating discriminatory practices, prejudices & beliefs

Before an audience of more than 400 education leaders, educators, and public-school advocates from across the country, NSBA President Kevin Ciak opened the 3rd annual Equity Symposium with the association’s newly established vision of educational equity, projected on the screen behind him.

Vidal v. Nielsen (E.D. N.Y.)

Equity & Discrimination: Amicus brief in support of motion for a preliminary injunction to bar the United States government from terminating the DACA program

Registration & Housing

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Equity Symposium Registration, $225

Purchase Orders must be paid by January 19, 2018. Badges will not be printed onsite without full payment. To pay by credit card you must register online.

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. 


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