Federal Legislative Advocacy

NSBA Supports Rep. Noem’s Legislation Offering More Flexibility for Local School Meal Programs

Alexandria, Va. (March 19, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) supports the Reducing Federal Mandates on School Lunch Act, to provide school districts with greater flexibility to ensure students receive healthy, nutritious school meals.

Sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), and introduced today, the legislation offers school districts relief from costly and onerous mandates imposed by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and subsequent federal regulations.

Legislative Priorities for the 116th Congress (1st Session)

On behalf of the nation’s state school boards associations and more than 90,000 local school board members, the National School Boards Association is advocating the following legislative priorities in the first session of the 116th Congress.

ESEA Comparison Chart

NSBA advocates for a comprehensive, strategic reauthorization of ESEA that provides school districts the flexibility and resources they need to respond to the educational challenges in their local communities. This chart compares current Federal law, two bills that have passed the U.S. House and Senate, and NSBA's position on a number of different issues within the context of ESEA.

NSBA Comments on Markup to Student Success Act, H.R.5

A letter to the Honorable John Kline, Chairman and the Honorable Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Senior Democratic Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, United States House of Representatives, with comments prior to the February 11, 2015 markup of H.R. 5, the Student Success Act. NSBA applauds the overarching goal of H.R.

2015 Legislative Agenda

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) welcomes the 114th Congress. NSBA believes change is here for K-12 education that will encourage and support local innovation and reform for greater student achievement in our public school districts. This agenda lists NSBA's key legislative priorities.

NSBA Comments on Proposed Rulemaking - HEA Title II Teacher Preparation Issues

Proposed accountability rules for teacher preparation programs could have significant  impact on local school districts. NSBA calls for local governance and flexibility for school districts, which prepare and employ millions of teachers.

Advocacy Institute Agenda

Representing the Voice in Public Education
February 4-6, 2018

NSBA participates in congressional briefing on school nutrition

Lucy Gettman

NSBA's Lucy Gettman addresses a congressional briefing on the business of school nutrition

Lucy Gettman, NSBA’s Director of Federal Programs, spoke to a packed room at a congressional briefing on the business of school nutrition in Washington, on Oct. 15. Gettman joined a panel that included representatives from the School Nutrition Association as well as state and local school nutrition officials.

National School Boards Association Celebrates National School Lunch Week: New Poll Validates Concerns about Federal School Meals

Alexandria, Va. (Oct. 13, 2014) – With the start of National School Lunch Week today, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) is calling for flexibility and relief from the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to address the unintended consequences of onerous requirements for federal school meal programs in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

School boards urge Duncan for more flexibility on School Improvement Grants

While the ever-expanding role of the U.S. Department of Education in state and local level matters remains a concern, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) acknowledges benefits of the proposed revisions to the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program, extending the grant period from three to five years, and allowing local education agencies to use SIG funds to implement, in one or more SIG eligible schools, a state-determined intervention model.


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