Issue Brief

Issue Brief: Every Student Succeeds Act

Since the enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on December 10, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education has focused on implementation, which includes a broad range of both formal regulatory actions and non-regulatory guidance.

As of December 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has issued final regulations for assessments and accountability, both of which are set to become fully effective in January 2017.

NSBA Issue Brief: Education Technology at School and at Home

Since 2010, when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published Connecting America: the National Broadband Plan, NSBA has worked closely with the agency and Congress to move toward universal broadband access to improve academic achievement. In the last year, three major developments began to change the landscape: modernization initiatives at the FCC for the E-rate and Lifeline programs, and passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

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.

Issue Brief: Federal Funding

Increasing the federal share of funding for special education is paramount, and should be addressed before considering future funding for newly created programs that may not have proven results for program effectiveness.  Specifically, funding for competitive grant programs should be weighed against the need to address Congress’ promise to fund the federal share of a 40-year-old mandate (i.e., IDEA) that has superseded other local budget priorities for the majority of school districts and communities.  IDEA must be fully funded—as well as requirements from the Elementary and Secondary

Issue Brief: Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

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. 

Issue Brief: Childhood Nutrition Reauthorization

NSBA is deeply committed to fostering a healthy and positive learning environment for children to achieve their full potential. At a time when education is acknowledged as a priority for America’s success and competitiveness, it is imperative that federal policy—including child nutrition laws and regulations—ensures that educational systems and local governance are supported, not undermined by unfunded mandates or under-resourced requirements.


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