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National Survey Awards School Districts for Innovative Technology Initiatives 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – March 29, 2018 – The Center for Digital Education is proud to announce the winners of the 2017-18 Digital School Districts Survey Awards. These districts are innovating in exemplary ways by investing in tools and learning models for the next-generation learners. Now in its 14th year, the Digital School Districts Survey Awards recognize commendable use of technology by school boards and districts. The awards are presented by the Center for Digital Education at the National School Boards Association’s annual conference each spring. 


Hillsborough County Public Schools Honored for Enhancing Educational Equity

Alexandria, Va., (April 11, 2018) - NSBA's Black Council of School Board Members (NBC) presented its Recognizing Innovative Strategies in Equity (RISE) Award to Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, Florida, during NSBA’s Annual Conference in San Antonio, April 7-9. In its inaugural year, the RISE Award honors a school board for its excellence in policies, practices, and strategies that promote and enhance equitable outcomes and career readiness for African American students.

Guilford County Schools Board of Education Winner of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Award

(April 9, 2018) - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced the Guilford County Schools Board of Education in Greensboro, North Carolina, has received the 30th annual Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association (NSBA) Award. The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, was presented on Saturday, April 7, at NSBA’s Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

NSBA Announces President Frank Pugh and New Board Leadership

Alexandria, Va. (April 9, 2018) - NSBA today announces its president and board leadership for 2018-19: Frank C. Pugh of California’s Santa Rosa City Schools District, President; Beth Branham of South Carolina’s Lexington School District Two, President-elect; and Charlie E. Wilson of Columbus, Ohio’s Worthington City Schools, Secretary-Treasurer. Kevin E. Ciak of New Jersey’s Sayreville Public Schools will now serve as Immediate Past-President.

NSBA Statement: Recognizing Linda Brown for Her Courage

(March 27, 2018) - The passing of Linda Brown is a sad day for supporters of public education. Brown is the central person in the historic case of Brown v. Board of Education, which profoundly impacted public education by ending segregation in public schools.

National School Boards Association Statement on President's 2018 Spending Bill

Support for Students in Public Schools Strengthens Nation

Alexandria, Va. (March 23, 2018) - NSBA Executive Director & CEO Thomas J. Gentzel today released the following statement:

NSBA Announces 2018 Education Technology Innovation Showcase

Alexandria, Va.  (March 22, 2018) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) announced today the six companies selected for its annual Technology Innovation Showcase.

“NSBA has worked at the intersection of education technology policy and practice for more than three decades to bring entrepreneurs, school board members and district leaders together to discuss innovative solutions that can support public education,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director & CEO. 

The 2018 Technology Innovation Showcase includes the following companies:

Three School Districts Earn Top Honors in 2018 Magna for Equity Programs

Alexandria, Va., (March 13, 2018) – Leyden High School District 212, Franklin Park, Illinois; Red Clay Consolidated School District, Wilmington, Delaware; and Newport News Public Schools, Newport News, Virginia, are the grand-prize winners in the 24th annual Magna Awards program sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s flagship magazine, American School Board Journal (ASBJ). This year, the Magna Awards recognize school districts and their leaders for their efforts to bring educational equity to their students.


NSBA Statement on the Trump Administration's Budget Proposal

Alexandria, Va. (February 16, 2018) - NSBA Executive Director & CEO Thomas J. Gentzel today released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s proposed FY 2018-19 budget:

“Programs that support teacher and principal recruitment, preparation and retention, and student academic enrichment should not be sacrificed as proposed in the Trump Administration’s budget. These programs lay the foundation of the nation’s future workforce and global competitiveness.  

New Center for Public Education Report Confirms Significant Student Population Left "Out of the Loop"

Alexandria, Va., (January 16, 2018) – Nearly 20 percent of the country’s students are enrolled in rural schools, yet are not provided the same focus in national policy or research as students in urban and suburban school districts.


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