Federal Legislative Advocacy

NSBA letter regarding the Chairman's Mark of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (H.R.1)

NSBA's letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Finance of the U.S. Senate, is in response to the Chairman's mark of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1).  The letter voices NSBA's opposition of several provisions that would adversely impact a number of priorities for our nation’s public school students and districts.  

NSBA letter regarding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R.1)

NSBA's letter expresses opposition to the proposed expansion of the 529 plans as a tax provision for private schools and urges the Ways and Means Committee to retain state and local tax deductibility, as well as municipal bond programs beneficial to schools. The letter urges that advance refunding for bonds be reinstated in H.R. 1, along with the teacher tax deduction and the inclusion of provisions to address the “Cadillac Tax” on healthcare plans for teachers and other school district employees.

NSBA Statement on Preserving the State and Local Tax Deduction (SALT)

NSBA Executive Director & CEO Thomas J. Gentzel today released the following statement in response to congressional action related to President Trump’s proposed tax reform, which includes the elimination of the State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction:

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NSBA Urges Swift Passage of FY2018 Appropriations; NSBA Opposes Diverting $1B to Non-Public Schools

NSBA Letter dated 7/18/2017 to the House Committee on Appropriations – NSBA urges swift passage of an FY2018 appropriations measure that invests in public education and continues to put our nation’s public schools first.  NSBA supports the Appropriations Committee’s efforts to boost funding for IDEA and continued efforts to fund Title I, Impact Aid and Perkins Career and Technical Education.  NSBA strongly opposes the diversion of federal resources to non-public schools and requests the Committee to reconsider funding cuts made to Title II.

NSBA Urges Congress to Sustain Impact Aid Federal Properties Payments to School Districts

Coalition Letter to Congress urges Congress not to eliminate a funding stream which would be a reversal on a 68-year commitment to federally impacted communities. Cuts would cause financial harm as Impact Aid supports personnel and professional development, academic materials, transportation, technology, and other general operating expenses.

NSBA Fiscal Years 2017-18 Appropriations Letter

NSBA's letter urging for swift passage of a final appropriations measure for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017 that will maximize Prek-12 education investments in our nation’s 50 million public school students. 

NSBA Statement on DeVos Confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Education

Statement of Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director and CEO
National School Boards Association on the
Confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education

Alexandria, Va., (February 7, 2017) - As the leading advocate for public education, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education:

“NSBA congratulates Betsy DeVos on her confirmation as the 11th United States Secretary of Education. We look forward to working with Secretary DeVos to enhance public education and ensure that every child has an opportunity to a high quality education.

NSBA Letter on DeVos Confirmation

NSBA writes the Senate HELP Committee on the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.

National School Boards Association Policy Recommendations for Transitioning to the New Administration

The start of a new Administration provides an exciting opportunity for policymakers and education leaders to work together to set new goals and launch a new education agenda. The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is excited for the opportunity to collaborate with new leadership at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and U.S. Department of Agriculture to share our vision for education and school nutrition that focuses on local control and empowers local decision-making.


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