Local School Boards Governance and Flexibility

NSBA Statement on U.S. Dept. of Education Proposed SNS Rule

November 2, 2016 - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) today issued comments in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Title I – Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged – Supplement not Supplant. NSBA expressed its support for local governance and commitment to the education of over 50 million students nationwide, and detailed specific areas of concern regarding the rule.

NSBA applauds House Subcommittee’s leadership efforts in passage of ESSA

The National School Boards Association (NSBA), in a letter to the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, expressed its support of the subcommittee’s leadership in the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

NSBA joins the State and Local ESSA Implementation Network

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) announced yesterday that it is uniting with nine other leading education organizations to form the State and Local ESSA Implementation Network, a new coalition aimed at making the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) a law that puts students first.

NSBA joins State and Local ESSA Implementation Network

The National School Boards Association joins the State and Local ESSA Implementation Network. The Network sent a letter to the Acting Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. inviting the Secretary to work with them to ensure communities determine the best methods of educating our nation’s children.

NSBA Calls on Lawmakers to Support Public Schools

Alexandria, Va. (February 3, 2016) – In advance of today’s “Expanding Education Opportunity through School Choice” hearing, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) sent a letter to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, highlighting the range of options for school choice that are provided by our nation’s public school districts. 

“There are many successful and diverse programs of study currently offered by many of our public school districts,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, NSBA. “Those options do not divert federal dollars to non-public schools as vouchers and tuition tax credits do, and are effective in expanding opportunities for students and can help schools in their efforts to serve our nation’s 50 million public school students.”

Court Urged to Maintain School District Flexibility in Responding to Disability Harassment Complaints

Alexandria, Va. (September 23, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) in SB v. Board of Education of Harford County, urging the Court to uphold the district court’s decision in favor of the school board.

“It’s important to guard against any precedent that would allow a school district to be found deliberately indifferent if bullying or harassment by others continues, despite a district’s efforts to address reported misconduct,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “Changing the standard from deliberate indifference to strict liability would rob school districts of the flexibility they need in responding to claims of harassment based on their educational judgments and knowledge of the school environment.”

NSBA Lauds PDK/Gallup Public Poll Findings that Value Local Public Schools and Resist Vouchers

(Alexandria, Va. – August 23, 2015) In its advance review of the newly-released 47th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to find strong public support for local governance, resistance to vouchers, and high marks for local schools.

This year’s PDK/Gallup Poll is titled “Testing Doesn’t Measure Up for Americans.” In addition to garnering public opinion on standardized testing, the poll explores an array of education “hot topics,” including Common Core, school choice, school performance, school funding, vaccinations, and more. New to this year’s poll, data are reported by specific population sectors, including public school parents, political party affiliation, and race (white, black, and Hispanic).

“For the 10th consecutive year, Americans named lack of financial support as the biggest problem facing their local schools,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “ESEA reauthorization offers an opportunity to ensure that every public school district is adequately funded and able to support high-quality teaching and learning.”

Key Information for School Board Members for Meetings with Members of Congress During the August Congressional Recess

The Congressional August recess presents a unique opportunity for school board members across the country to meet locally and share with their members of Congress public education issues of great importance to their communities. This year, House members will recess from July 31 until September 7, while Senators won’t begin their recess until August 10 continuing through September 7.

During these periods when your federal lawmakers are home we hope that you will engage them in conversation from the local school board member’s perspective.

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