School Board Governance

K.G. v. Irvine Unified School District (9th Cir.)

Special Education & Disabilities: IDEA - is a prevailing party entitled to "automatic attorneys' fees and costs or is a court required to consider the degree of success achieved by the “prevailing party” in determining the size and appropriateness of the award of attorneys’ fees and costs 

Filed March 25, 2015

What will your legacy be?

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Roland Martin, nationally award-winning journalist and television host, challenged National Black Council of School Board Members Luncheon attendees on Sunday to become "radical revolutionaries" in the battle to improve public education.

NSBA, AASA execs worry about board member, superintendent turnover, impact on districts

When Tom Gentzel and Dan Domenech have a dialogue, it harkens back to the movie, “Holiday Inn.” That establishment opened only on holidays, but it was worth being there when it did. With a collective 62 years working with school boards and superintendents, NSBA Executive Director Gentzel and Domenech, his counterpart with American Association of School Administrators, gave a Saturday clinic audience a wealth of stories mixed with experience-based insights. It was a refreshed conversation they share twice each year, most recently at last month’s AASA conference in San Diego.

Delegate Assembly approves advocacy marching orders

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NSBA’s Delegate Assembly approved the association’s “advocacy marching orders” at its business session Friday in Nashville. The meeting was held right before the start of NSBA’s Annual Conference, which opened Saturday.

“These resolutions form the basis for NSBA’s advocacy effort throughout the year,” said NSBA 2014-15 President Anne Byrne. “The delegates also voted on Beliefs and Policies that become part of NSBA’s enduring beliefs.”

The annual resolutions are in three core areas:

Boards and student achievement connection

A common misconception in communities around the country is that board members and superintendents do not have an impact on student achievement. Do boards and superintendents really matter? According to Ivan J. Lorentzen, professor at Flathead Community College, and William P. McCaw, professor at the University of Montana, the answer is not only do they matter, they matter a great deal.

NSBA’s Center for Public Education Launches Leading the Change


Alexandria, Va. (March 18, 2015) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA), the leading advocate for public education, today introduced its new research-based initiative, Leading the Change, developed by its Center for Public Education. Leading the Change provides data-driven decision-making tools to school boards to help transform chronically low-performing schools into high-quality institutions.

NSBA signs on to the “Social Compact for American Education”

New Accountability logo

Together with 17 other leading education groups, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) has signed a new social compact that unites a diverse coalition of education leaders around accountability systems that aim to improve education. The statement of support – found at NewAccountability.org – represents a group that includes school administrators, teachers, support staff, and civil rights and community organizations.

Time for new clarity on the role of school boards

This posting was written by Lisa Bartusek, Executive Director of the Iowa Association of School Boards.

For decades, “local control” have been buzz words for school boards and those of us who dedicate our professional lives to advocating for and building the capacity of local school boards. Today, I’d like to invite you to step back and reflect: I believe it’s time to change our semantics as well as get crystal clear on our views about the appropriate roles for local, state, and federal policy.

School Boards Launch National Campaign to Promote Public Education

Alexandria, Va. (Feb. 18, 2014) - In partnership with its state associations, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) has launched www.standup4publicschools.org, an all-new national campaign to highlight the success of public education. The campaign features advertisements with celebrity advocates and public school graduates to tell their stories of public education.

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