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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.”

Louisiana School Boards Association Exec. Dir. Scott Richard Honored for Leadership in Public Education

Alexandria, Va. (August 20, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to announce Scott M. Richard, Executive Director of the Louisiana School Boards Association (LSBA), as the winner of the 2015 Thomas Shannon Award for Excellence. The Shannon Award, established in 1997 in honor of former NSBA Executive Director Thomas A. Shannon, is given annually to recognize extraordinary efforts performed on behalf of NSBA, local school board constituencies, and school communities. Richard will be presented with the award at the Summer Leadership Seminar, August 22, in Chicago, Illinois.

“In less than three years, Scott has helped transform LSBA through effective leadership and a great sense of resolve,” said NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel. “His work has earned tangible victories for public schools and reestablished LSBA as the leading advocate for public education in Louisiana.”

NSBA Issues Guide on What High Court Same-Sex Marriage Decision Means for School Districts

Alexandria, Va. (July 30, 2015) – In light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the National School Boards Association (NSBA), in partnership with key education groups, released a newly updated guide to discuss the legal impact of the decision on local school board policies. Since the Court decided that the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution requires a state to recognize and license a marriage between two people of the same-sex, the intent of the guide is to answer questions that school districts and school personnel may have in their efforts to understand the decision and comply with its provisions.

“As the nation’s largest collective employer with over 6.9 million employees, the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges is a landmark decision that will impact school district employment policies and practices,” stated Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director. “Through our legal advocacy experts and case analysis, NSBA offers state-of-the-art resources to help guide school districts on appropriate implementation of the law.”

High School Rigor Matters to Students Who Don’t Attend College, CPE Study Finds

Alexandria, Va. (July 23, 2015) -- A rigorous high school program boosts the chances of success for both college goers and students who do not attend college after high school. High school graduates who don’t attend college are more successful later on if they’ve taken high-level math courses and focused vocational training in high school.

The results of the second study of a series, The Path Least Taken II: Preparing Non-college Goers for Success, reinforce the essential role of high school preparation in students’ success regardless of the paths they chose after graduation. The study by the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Center for Public Education (CPE) looks at the credentials and high school experiences of non-college going graduates to identify the factors that lead to success after school in both work and life.


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