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NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys Elects New Leadership for 2017-2018

Alexandria, Va. (March 28, 2017) — The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA’s) Council of School Attorneys (COSA), the national network of attorneys representing K-12 public school districts, elected new leaders and directors at its recent annual meeting in Denver, Colorado. COSA supports school attorneys and provides leadership in legal advocacy for public schools; its 22-member Board of Directors oversees its continuing legal education programming and working groups for its more than 3,000 members across the United States and Canada.

NSBA Announces 2017-2018 President Kevin Ciak and New Board Leadership

Alexandria, Va. (March 27, 2017) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA) today announces its president and board leadership for 2017-18:  Kevin E. Ciak of New Jersey’s Sayreville Public Schools, President; Frank C. Pugh of California’s Santa Rosa City Schools District, President-elect; Beth Branham of South Carolina’s Lexington School District Two, Secretary-Treasurer. Miranda A. Beard of Mississippi’s Laurel School District will now serve as Immediate Past-President.

The John F. Kennedy Center Awards Lexington, South Carolina School Board for Its Support of High-Quality Arts Education


Washington, D.C. (March 27, 2017) - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced today the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees in Lexington, South Carolina, has received the 29th annual Kennecy Center and National School Boards Association (NSBA) Award.  The award, which includes a $10,00 prize, was presented on Saturday, March 25, at the NSBA's Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.  Read the entire press release here.

NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys Honors Longtime Denver School Attorney for Service to School Boards and Colleagues

Alexandria, Va. (March 22, 2017) - The National School Boards Association’s Council of School Attorneys (COSA) will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to Martin Semple on March 24, 2017. The award will be given in Semple’s home town, Denver, Colorado, at the morning general session of COSA’s 2017 School Law Seminar. Semple is a founding partner of Semple, Farrington & Everall, P.C., Denver.

National School Boards Association Announces 2017 Education Technology Innovation Showcase

Alexandria, Va.  (March 21, 2017) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) announced today the four companies selected for its annual Technology Innovation Showcase. 

The 2017 class -- Allovue, FressGrade, k12itc, and Living Tree --will be featured in an exclusive area of the exhibition and participate in a Tech Innovation Showcase panel during the NSBA Annual Conference in Denver, March 25-27, 2017. Later this summer, they will be featured in NSBA’s magazine for school leaders, American School Board Journal, and participate in a webinar hosted by NSBA’s Technology Leadership Network (TLN). 

Three School Districts Earn Top Honors in 2017 Magna Awards

Alexandria, Va. (March 17, 2017) – Upper St. Clair School District, in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania; Piscataway Township Schools, in Piscataway, New Jersey; and Vancouver Public Schools, in Vancouver, Washington have been named the grand prize winners in the 23rd annual Magna Awards program.  

Sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA’s) flagship magazine, American School Board Journal (ASBJ), the Magna Awards recognize school districts and their leaders for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities. The Magna Awards are supported by Sodexo, a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and food service operations.

“Creativity and innovation are needed to help students realize their full potential,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director and CEO. “The Magna Award-winning districts are prime examples of how public schools all over the country are working to give students a high-quality education and life.”

Cutting Funding for Public Schools Undermines Students and Nation

Alexandria, Va., (March 16, 2017) - NSBA Executive Director & CEO Thomas J. Gentzel today released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's proposed budget: “The Administration’s proposed $9 billion cut to the education budget is irresponsible, and it would put programs and needed support services provided by schools at risk if it is adopted by Congress. The proposal redirects hundreds of millions of dollars from public schools – often, school districts that rely most heavily on federal aid, forcing them to cut vital services or raise local property taxes." More:

NSBA, AASA Joint Statement on the ESSA Implementation Process

Alexandria, Va., (March 14, 2017) - NSBA Executive Director & CEO Thomas J. Gentzel and AASA Executive Director Daniel A. Domenech released the following joint statement in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s new guide for states to use in the development of their education plans as required under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):

NSBA Statement in Response to President Trump's Address to Joint Congress

Statement of Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director and CEO
National School Boards Association
in Response to President Donald Trump’s Address to Congress

Alexandria, Va., (February 28, 2017) - As the leading advocate for public education, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s address at a joint session of Congress:

"If we want a brighter future for our children and country, we must focus our attention on making our public schools the best they can be. Investing in our public schools, which educate nine of every 10 students, is the best investment the federal government can make to drive the economy forward and enhance the quality of life for generations of people.

NSBA Statement on DeVos Confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Education

Statement of Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director and CEO
National School Boards Association on the
Confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education

Alexandria, Va., (February 7, 2017) - As the leading advocate for public education, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education:

“NSBA congratulates Betsy DeVos on her confirmation as the 11th United States Secretary of Education. We look forward to working with Secretary DeVos to enhance public education and ensure that every child has an opportunity to a high quality education.

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