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NSBA Statement on Education Secretary Nominee

Alexandria, Va. (Nov. 23, 2016) Statement by Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director and CEO, National School Boards Association on the Appointment of Betsy DeVos, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Nominee

NSBA Joins National Call to Action: Make Our Schools' Values Known

November 22, 2016 - Nine national education organizations, including the National School Boards Association, call upon their constutents and all education leaders to take action immediately within their school communities to ensure students specifically know that their schools welcome them and that they will be safe.

NSBA Statement to the Trump Administration and Congress

November 9, 2016 - We, as a nation, must invest in public education to ensure every child has an opportunity to realize their potential. The National School Boards Association (NSBA) and the more than 90,000 school board members hope the new administration and new Congress will make it a priority.

Lucy Gettman and Ronald Skinner Appointed to Executive Roles at National School Boards Association

October 18, 2016 –NSBA today announced that Lucy Gettman has been appointed Chief Advocacy Officer and that Ronald Skinner has been has appointed Chief Member Services Officer. Gettman and Skinner are being promoted from interim roles. Both will report to Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer.

NSBA and NASSP Launch College & Career Readiness Engagement Toolkit

October 18, 2016 - NSBA and NASSP, in partnership with the Learning First Alliance’s Get it Right campaign, have developed a communications toolkit to support school leaders and educators’ efforts to prepare high school students for success after graduation through effective community engagement.

NSBA Urges the U.S. Supreme Court to Uphold Long-Standing Processes that Encourage Parent-School Collaboration in Special Education

October 14, 2016 – The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB), the School Superintendents Association (AASA), Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), and National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools.

“IDEA’s due process procedures were put in place for the benefit of students with disabilities,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, National School Boards Association Executive Director and CEO. “Parents and schools working collaboratively to address the individual educational needs of students produces the best outcomes for students with and without disabilities, their parents, and their local school districts. We encourage the Court to discourage any resolution that encourages more litigation and diverts precious funds away from the classroom.”

Tacoma Public Schools Winner of NSBA 2016 Urban School Board Excellence Award

Alexandria, Va. (Oct. 1, 2016) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to announce Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma, Washington, winner of the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) 2016 Award for Urban School Board Excellence.

Much has changed since 2007 when all five of Tacoma’s comprehensive high schools were labeled ‘dropout factories.’ In just the last five years the district’s graduation rate climbed 27.3 percentage points, and enrollment in post-secondary education programs and college completion rates are climbing.

NSBA Statement Regarding Federal Investments for Our Students and Communities

Statement on
Federal Investments for Our Students and Communities
Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director and CEO
National School Boards Association

Alexandria, Va. (Septemer 28, 2016) -- The National School Boards Association today issued a statement regarding federal investments for our nation's public school students, urging Congress to approve a Continuing Resolution (CR) that maintains the federal commitment to our students’ success and supports the goals of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Approval of a short-term funding measure is necessary to ensure continuity and stability until a final appropriations measure is enacted.

Minnesota School Boards Association Winner of NSBA 2016 Innovation Award for Pursuit of Innovation to Affect Student Outcomes

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to announce the NSBA 2016 Innovation Award was presented to the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA), in recognition of its innovative approach leading to enhanced leadership and association capacity, and renewed commitment to equity and diversity in student achievement.

NSBA Executive Director Elected Chair of Learning First Alliance's Board of Directors

Alexandria, Va. (July 5, 2016) – National School Boards Association (NSBA) executive director Thomas J. Gentzel was recently named chair of the Learning First Alliance’s (LFA) Board of Directors. A coalition of 14 leading education organizations, LFA represents over 10 million parents, educators, and policymakers dedicated to improving student learning in America’s public schools.


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