Federal Legislative Advocacy

NSBA Letter to Senate Leaders Supporting the Every Student Succeeds Act

In this letter, sent on December 7, 2015 to Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate and Harry Reid, Senate Democratic Minority Leader, Executive Director Tom Gentzel outlines NSBA's support for the "Every Student Succeeds Act."

NSBA Hails House for Passing Bipartisan Agreement to Restore Local Governance in Public Education

Alexandria, Va. (December 2, 2015) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives 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 this reauthorization process, NSBA has worked closely with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to advocate for a modernized education law that affirms 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 Applauds Next Step Toward Modernized ESEA

Alexandria, Va. (November 17, 2015) - In another step toward a modernized education bill, the U.S. House of Representatives today named conferees for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Conference Committee.

Senate action to appoint conferees is expected soon.  John Kline (R-Minn.) Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee officially announced the first conference meeting will take place Wednesday, November 18, at 2:30 p.m.

NSBA and National Education Groups Urge Congress to Finish the Job on ESEA Reauthorization This Fall

Alexandria, Va (September 29, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) and nine other national education groups sent a joint letter urging lawmakers to complete work to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), known as “No Child Left Behind,” and get a conferenced bill to the President's desk by the end of this year. NSBA continues to work closely with Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to advocate for a final education bill that underscores the importance of local governance and community ownership, so that our nation’s 90,000 school board members will be better positioned to offer all students a world-class public education.

“Today's collective call to action puts the interests of our nation’s 50 million public schoolchildren first, and shows how important it is for Congress to keep up the momentum and move forward on the long overdue ESEA modernization,” stated Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director.

NSBA Letter to House Education Committee Regarding Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

In this letter to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, NSBA Executive Director Thomas Gentzel commends Chairman Kline and Senior Democratic Member Scott for proposing a bold and comprehensive new look at the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), now over forty years old. School boards and their attorneys recognize that the law needs a fresh approach, one that reflects the new and emerging reality of how schools collect, store, manage and work with student information in the 21st century.

Issue Brief: Academic Standards

NSBA supports high academic standards, including Common Core standards, that are voluntarily adopted by states with local school board input and free from federal direction, federal mandates, funding conditions or coercion. Local school boards are responsible for the implementation of any new academic standards such as common core standards, which include locally approved instruction and materials in a manner that reflects community needs.

NSBA Letter to Senators Hoeven and King in Support of the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act

In this letter to Senator John Hoeven, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops and Agricultural Research, and Senator Angus King, NSBA Executive Director Tom Gentzel voiced NSBA's support for the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act. NSBA urges Congress to restore local leadership and flexibility to federal school meal policies, and to provide sufficient federal resources to school districts in a modernized law.

NSBA Letter to Representatives Davis and Ashford in Support of the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act

In this letter to Representative Rodney Davis and Representative Brad Ashford of the House Subcommittee on Nutrition, Executive Director Tom Gentzel voiced NSBA's support for the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act. NSBA urges Congress to restore local leadership and flexibility to federal school meal policies, and to provide sufficient federal resources to school districts in a modernized law. This is a companion bill to the one introduced by Senator John Hoeven, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops and Agricultural Research, and Senator Angus King.

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. 

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Federal Legislative Advocacy
Go to top