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NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys Elects New Leadership for 2016-2017

Alexandria, Va. (April 18, 2016) — 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 Boston, Massachusetts. 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.

Owensboro Public Schools Board of Education of Owensboro, Kentucky Receives $10,000 Kennedy Center and NSBA Award

Washington, DC - April 11, 2016 - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced the Owensboro Public Schools Board of Education in Owensboro, Kentucky, will receive the 28th annual Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association (NSBA) Award. The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, will be presented today by Mario R. Rossero, Senior Vice President of Education at the Kennedy Center, at the National School Boards Association’s Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.

Announcing the 2016 Education Technology Innovation Showcase companies

NSBA is happy to announce the companies selected for its annual Technology Innovation Showcase, each of which represent innovative K-12 solutions that are positively impacting teaching and learning, administrative operations, parental outreach, or community engagement: FieldTripZoom, iCanHelpline,  Memarden, Inc., PlanetHS, LLC,

NSBA Announces 2016 Education Technology Innovation Showcase

Alexandria, Va.  (March 16, 2016) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is happy to announce the six companies selected for its annual Technology Innovation Showcase.

“The Technology Innovation Showcase was created to introduce school leaders to new approaches, enabled by technology, that address real issues in K-12 education,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA’s Executive Director. “With its unique focus on the intersection of education policy and technology practice, NSBA has a long history of serving as a bridge between the entrepreneurial community and school leaders charged with making critical decisions.”

The 2016 Technology Innovation Showcase includes the following companies:

Statement on King's Confirmation as Secretary of Education

Statement on John King’s Confirmation as Secretary of Education
Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association


Alexandria, Va., (March 15, 2016)  - As the leading advocate on public education, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) issued the following statement after the U.S Senate voted to confirm Dr. John B. King, Jr. to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education:

Three School Districts Earn Top Honors in 2016 Magna Awards

Alexandria, Va. (March 11, 2016) – Fremont County School District No. 6 in Pavillion, Wyoming; Crown Point Community School Corporation in Crown Point, Indiana; and Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District in Bedford, Texas, have been named the grand prize winners in the 22nd annual Magna Awards program sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA’s) flagship magazine, American School Board Journal. The Magna Awards recognize school districts and their leaders taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of their students and their communities.

NSBA Names Rory Davenport Head of Public Advocacy & Communications

Alexandria, Va. (March 9, 2016) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA), the leading advocate of public schools, announced today that Rory Davenport has joined the organization to strengthen its advocacy capabilities and enhance its brand. Davenport comes with a wealth of experience developing and implementing successful public affairs campaigns on significant public policy issues as well as a track record for enhancing reputations and building strong brands.

NSBA and IMLA Urge High Court to Hear Employment Case, Citing Operational Realities of School Boards

Alexandria, Va. (February 10, 2016) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA) joined the International Municipal Lawyers Association in filing a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief Monday in the U.S. Supreme Court, supporting the employer’s request for review in the case of City of Houston v. Zamora...."Such a rule levies an unfair and onerous burden on boards as employers given that no amount of internal process would protect them from liability if a jury later finds that the credited employee had a discriminatory motive,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, NSBA.

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.”

NSBA Urges Court to Maintain Injunction on Nevada Voucher Scheme

Alexandria, Va. (February 1, 2016) —The National School Boards Association (NSBA) applauds the recent Nevada District Court decision granting a preliminary injunction in the case of Lopez v. Schwartz, halting the state’s Education Savings Account Program (ESAP), that would divert general funds appropriated for public schools to fund private school tuition.


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