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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.

NSBA Applauds Bipartisan Effort to Reauthorize Child Nutrition Act

Alexandria, Va. (January 19, 2016) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA), in a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry, expressed its qualified support today of the Improving Child Nutrition, Integrity and Access Act of 2016 (ICNIA) in advance of Wednesday’s (1/20/2016) committee markup.

NSBA Hails New Education Law as Historic Win for Restoring Local Governance in Public Education

Alexandria, Va. (December 10, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) applauds President Obama for signing into law the bipartisan reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, now known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

NSBA Praises Senate for Passing Bipartisan Education Bill to Restore Local Governance in Public Education

Alexandria, Va. (December 9, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) commends the U.S. Senate for passing a bipartisan, bicameral bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (S.1177). During the reauthorization process, there was a collective effort by NSBA and local school board members to advocate before Members of Congress for a modernized education law that underscores the importance of local governance, protects federal investments in Title I grants for disadvantaged students, and prevents the diversion of public tax dollars for private use.

NSBA Hails House for Passing Bipartisan Agreement to Restore Local Governance in Public Education

Alexandria, Va. (December 2, 2015) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing a bipartisan, bicameral bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (S.1177). During this reauthorization process, NSBA has worked closely with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to advocate for a modernized education law that affirms the importance of local governance, protects federal investments in Title I grants for disadvantaged students, and prevents the diversion of public tax dollars for private use.

NSBA Calls on House Leaders to Pass Every Student Succeeds Act

Alexandria, Va. (December 1, 2015) – On behalf of the National School Boards Association (NSBA), Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel, today sent a letter to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in support of the “Every Student Succeeds Act.”

NSBA applauds the work of the Conference Committee for its bipartisan efforts to modernize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and the steps Congress has taken thus far. School board members are encouraged by the legislation, which clarifies the federal government’s role in education decision making and reaffirms local governance. NSBA believes that this bipartisan legislation will positively affect the educational outcomes of our nation’s 50 million public school students, the performance of our more than 13,000 public school districts, and the success of both our communities and our nation. 

NSBA and NASB urge against diverting public funds away from public education

Lawmakers reach bipartisan agreement to move forward on ESEA reauthorization

Today, the House-Senate Conference Committee approved S. 1177 -- the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) with amendments -- by a vote of 39 Yeas to 1 Nay. The Committee's bipartisan, bicameral agreement underscores the importance of local governance and community ownership to ensure student success. 

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