President Obama releases 2017 budget proposal

President Barack Obama released his fiscal year 2017 budget request to Congress today—the eighth and final of his presidency—which includes investments to improve academic achievement, empower students with the computer science skills needed for a 21st century economy, and expand access to high-quality preschool.

In particular, part of his $4.1 trillion proposal is committed to Title I and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grants—or special education funds—to states.

NSBA Calls on Lawmakers to Support Public Schools

Alexandria, Va. (February 3, 2016) – In advance of today’s “Expanding Education Opportunity through School Choice” hearing, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) sent a letter to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, highlighting the range of options for school choice that are provided by our nation’s public school districts. 

“There are many successful and diverse programs of study currently offered by many of our public school districts,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, NSBA. “Those options do not divert federal dollars to non-public schools as vouchers and tuition tax credits do, and are effective in expanding opportunities for students and can help schools in their efforts to serve our nation’s 50 million public school students.”

NSBA's Written Comments to ED on ESSA Implementation

The National School Boards Association's written comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in response to their request for information on the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. (ESSA).

NSBA comments to ED on ESSA implementation

Welcoming the opportunity to provide advice and recommendations on implementing and regulating Title I programs under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the National School Boards Association recently submitted its written comments to the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

Tom on Point: A critical assist

Thomas J. Gentzel

At least two important developments helped to pave the way for enactment of the long-overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in late 2015. Most widely reported was the strong bipartisan support for the measure as it cleared final hurdles in Congress. That across-the-aisle cooperation was evident in the joint House-Senate conference committee, which efficiently dispatched significant differences in the separate ESEA bills that each chamber previously had passed.

NSBA Executive Director presents at USDE on Every Student Succeeds Act

National School Boards Association (NSBA) Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel was selected to present at today’s public meeting at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.  Seeking advice and recommendations on the implementation and operations of programs under Title I, as States and local education agencies begin the transition from No Child Left Behind to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Acting Education Secretary John B. King, Jr. called for two regional meetings, today’s in D.C. and a second scheduled for January 19 in Los Angeles, California.

Department of Ed outlines first steps in ESSA transition

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) today released a “Dear Colleague” letter to state leaders throughout the United States regarding implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

U.S. Education Department Dear Colleague Letter to States on ESSA

The U.S. Department of Education's Ann Whalen wrote this dear colleague letter to states to outline the process of transition throughout the United States to the Every Student Succeeds Act. In the letter, Ms. Whalen writes "In the coming months, ED will provide ongoing guidance to support schools, districts, and States in the transition to the ESSA.  This letter begins this process and provides guidance regarding certain activities for which we know you are working toward imminent deadlines and that are affected by this reauthorization."

NSBA Praises Senate for Passing Bipartisan Education Bill to Restore Local Governance in Public Education

Alexandria, Va. (December 9, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) commends the U.S. Senate for passing a bipartisan, bicameral bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (S.1177). During the reauthorization process, there was a collective effort by NSBA and local school board members to advocate before Members of Congress for a modernized education law that underscores the importance of local governance, protects federal investments in Title I grants for disadvantaged students, and prevents the diversion of public tax dollars for private use.

NSBA ESSA Media Toolkit

This media toolkit contains outreach materials to help school board members communicate their support for the Every Student Succeeds Act. It includes talking points, NSBA-approved quotes, Sample Social Media, and other resources about the bill. 


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