Federal Legislative Advocacy

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.

Issue Brief: Every Student Succeeds Act

Since the enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on December 10, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education has focused on implementation, which includes a broad range of both formal regulatory actions and non-regulatory guidance.

As of December 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has issued final regulations for assessments and accountability, both of which are set to become fully effective in January 2017.

NSBA joins the State and Local ESSA Implementation Network

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) announced yesterday that it is uniting with nine other leading education organizations to form the State and Local ESSA Implementation Network, a new coalition aimed at making the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) a law that puts students first.

NSBA joins State and Local ESSA Implementation Network

The National School Boards Association joins the State and Local ESSA Implementation Network. The Network sent a letter to the Acting Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. inviting the Secretary to work with them to ensure communities determine the best methods of educating our nation’s children.

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 Applauds Bipartisan Effort to Reauthorize Child Nutrition Act

Alexandria, Va. (January 19, 2016) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA), in a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry, expressed its qualified support today of the Improving Child Nutrition, Integrity and Access Act of 2016 (ICNIA) in advance of Wednesday’s (1/20/2016) committee markup.

NSBA Hails New Education Law as Historic Win for Restoring Local Governance in Public Education

Alexandria, Va. (December 10, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) applauds President Obama for signing into law the bipartisan reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, now known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

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