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NSBA Welcomes Focus on Public Education in State of the Union, Calls for Prioritization

Alexandria, Va. (Jan. 28, 2014) – The National School Boards Association's (NSBA) Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel issued the below statement following the 2014 State of the Union.

Reps. Schock, Meehan, and Kind Honored by School Board Members

Washington (Feb. 3, 2014) – U.S. House of Representatives members, Aaron Schock of Illinois, Patrick Meehan of Pennsylvania, and Ron Kind of Wisconsin, were honored this afternoon with the Congressional Special Recognition Award, given by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) for their strong support for public education.

NSBA and AASA Urge Harkin to Change Position on Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Public Schools

Alexandria, Va. (Feb. 12, 2014) – Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director of the National School Boards Association (NSBA), and Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued a joint statement today in response to new legislation introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Chairman, U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. The new bill would reduce the authority of states and local school districts to decide the appropriate use of restraint and seclusion in public schools. Restraint and seclusion are used as a last resort in situations that may endanger the safety and welfare of students, teachers and other school personnel.

NSBA urges U.S. Senate action on ESEA

Video: Gentzel on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal”

Gentzel to appear on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal”

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The National School Boards Association's Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel is scheduled to be on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” on Tuesday morning, Sept. 2, 2014 from 7:45-8:30 am EDT to discuss key issues for America's school boards as the school year begins. You can watch it live on C-SPAN, C-SPAN Radio, or on www.cspan.org.

Gentzel will be taking questions. We encourage you call, e-mail, tweet, or post on Facebook your questions for Gentzel.

Call-In Numbers:

Parents:  202-585-3880

Teachers: 202-585-3881

NSBA Advises USDA on Proposed Strike Force for Targeted Technical Assistance for Schools

USDA proposal to provide technical assistance to struggling school districts is insufficient to address the difficulties in complying with the child nutrition law.

NSBA Names Michael C. Zola as Head of Federal Advocacy and Public Policy

Alexandria, Va. (July 10, 2014) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) announced today that veteran education policymaker Michael C. Zola will join the organization as its Associate Executive Director, Federal Advocacy and Public Policy.  Zola will oversee NSBA’s legislative advocacy division, including the National School Boards Action Center, NSBA’s 501(c)(4) organization, and the Center for Public Education, NSBA’s research arm


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