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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. 

NSBA applauds next step toward modernized ESEA

In another step toward a modernized education bill, the U.S. House of Representatives today named conferees for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Conference Committee. Senate action to appoint conferees is expected soon. 

John Kline (R-Minn.) Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee officially announced the first conference meeting will take place Wednesday, November 18, at 2:30 p.m.

U.S. Supreme Court urged to uphold public education diversity efforts

The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by the Texas Association of School Boards Legal Assistance Fund (TASB LAF) and five other leading education groups filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (UT), urging the Court to uphold the Fifth Circuit Court’s decision in favor of the university.

Supreme Court standard should dictate school districts’ liability under Title IX assert Ed Leaders

The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit regarding Salazar v. South San Antonio Independent School District, urging the Court to overturn the trial court’s decision.

NSBA and National Education Groups Urge Congress to Finish the Job on ESEA Reauthorization This Fall

Alexandria, Va (September 29, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) and nine other national education groups sent a joint letter urging lawmakers to complete work to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), known as “No Child Left Behind,” and get a conferenced bill to the President's desk by the end of this year. NSBA continues to work closely with Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to advocate for a final education bill that underscores the importance of local governance and community ownership, so that our nation’s 90,000 school board members will be better positioned to offer all students a world-class public education.

“Today's collective call to action puts the interests of our nation’s 50 million public schoolchildren first, and shows how important it is for Congress to keep up the momentum and move forward on the long overdue ESEA modernization,” stated Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director.

Court Urged to Maintain School District Flexibility in Responding to Disability Harassment Complaints

Alexandria, Va. (September 23, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) in SB v. Board of Education of Harford County, urging the Court to uphold the district court’s decision in favor of the school board.

“It’s important to guard against any precedent that would allow a school district to be found deliberately indifferent if bullying or harassment by others continues, despite a district’s efforts to address reported misconduct,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “Changing the standard from deliberate indifference to strict liability would rob school districts of the flexibility they need in responding to claims of harassment based on their educational judgments and knowledge of the school environment.”

NSBA Lauds PDK/Gallup Public Poll Findings that Value Local Public Schools and Resist Vouchers

(Alexandria, Va. – August 23, 2015) In its advance review of the newly-released 47th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to find strong public support for local governance, resistance to vouchers, and high marks for local schools.

This year’s PDK/Gallup Poll is titled “Testing Doesn’t Measure Up for Americans.” In addition to garnering public opinion on standardized testing, the poll explores an array of education “hot topics,” including Common Core, school choice, school performance, school funding, vaccinations, and more. New to this year’s poll, data are reported by specific population sectors, including public school parents, political party affiliation, and race (white, black, and Hispanic).

“For the 10th consecutive year, Americans named lack of financial support as the biggest problem facing their local schools,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “ESEA reauthorization offers an opportunity to ensure that every public school district is adequately funded and able to support high-quality teaching and learning.”

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