Federal Legislative Advocacy

NSBA Letter to the House Subcommittee on Agriculture Appropriations for FY 2015

NSBA calls for school district flexibility and improvements in implementation of school meals and other child nutrition regulations.

NSBA and Rebuild America's Schools Coalition Letter to Senate Leaders

NSBA and Rebuild America's Schools coalition forwarded a letter to Senate Leaders supporting a two-year extension for Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZABs), which are used by school districts in every state to renovate, repair, and modernize school buildings and classrooms.

 

NSBA Letter to House of Representatives expressing concerns regarding H.R. 10

NSBA letter urging the full House of Representatives to vote “no” on H.R 10, the Success and Opportunity through Charter Schools Act. While NSBA supports Charter Schools, concerns applicable to funding, accountability, and aid for facilities are included.

NSBA Comments on Professional Standards for State and Local School Nutrition Programs Personnel

NSBA is acutely aware of the operational and financial impact of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act/PL 111-296 on school districts, and that this impact goes far beyond the school food authority (SFA) to the larger instructional enterprise. The proposed rule is just one of many provisions of the bill, including national nutrition standards, competitive food standards, indirect cost guidance, and the paid meal price mandate to be implemented.

Issue Brief: Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Act

NSBA urges Congress to provide the necessary support to school districts to ensure that students have access to high-quality career and technical education programs with a strong academic component and credentialing. Modernizing the Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Act (CTE) will help our nation’s school districts continue efforts to advance curricula that provide 21st Century skills and knowledge to meet the needs of both students and employers and provide practical training through apprenticeships and other opportunities.

Issue Brief: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

NSBA urges full funding of the federal share of investments in IDEA, along with provisions to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the program for both students and schools. IDEA helps fund early intervening services for students, individualized education plans (IEPs), speech-language pathology, psychological services, transition services, and related activities.

Issue Brief: Local School Board Governance and Flexibility

The responsibility for education resides with the states which, in turn, have delegated substantial authority to local educational agencies, which are governed by local school boards. The role of the local school board is to develop policies, set priorities, and provide accountability to direct the operation of its schools.

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