Federal Legislative Advocacy

IDEA Coalition Dear Colleague Letter: Jan. 24, 2014

NSBA joins a coalition of education associations to urge U.S. Representatives ask the President to increase funding for IDEA in his FY 2015 budget proposal.

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’s Actions Regarding Charter Schools

Read about NSBA’s actions regarding charter schools: letters to Congress and federal agencies, comments, and grassroots calls to action.

NSBA’s Actions Regarding Private School Vouchers

Read about NSBA’s actions opposing private school vouchers: letters to Congress and federal agencies, comments, and grassroots calls to action.

Background on Private School Vouchers

Private school vouchers have not proven to be successful in improving student achievement over time. Find out more about why NSBA opposes them.

NSBA’s Position on Private School Vouchers

NSBA opposes private school vouchers and tuition tax subsidies because these programs divert taxpayers’ funds from public schools.

How a Bill Becomes Law

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View the Steps to Learn How a Bill Becomes a Law

The following outlines the path that legislation follows on its way to becoming law:

NSBA’s Actions Regarding the Common Core State Standards

Read about NSBA’s actions regarding Common Core: Congressional testimony, policy statements, and grassroots calls to action.

How to Contact Your Members of Congress

Learn how to contact your Member of Congress so you can be effective in influencing legislators' views.

Background on the Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards set forth academic standards for English language arts and mathematics and reflect knowledge and skills students need to succeed in college and career.

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