School Vouchers

NSBA Statement on Trump Administration's Proposed FY 2018 Education Budget

Alexandria, Va. (May 23, 2017) - NSBA Executive Director & CEO Thomas J. Gentzel today released the following statement in response to Trump Administration's Proposed FY 2018 Education Budget:

NSBA and National Coalition for Public Education issue letter opposing school vouchers

NSBA joined over 50 National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE) members in expressing strong opposition to school vouchers and tuition tax credit programs in a recent letter to the U.S. House of Representatives. 

School vouchers and tuition tax credits undermine public schools

NSBA joined over 50 National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE) members in expressing their opposition to school vouchers and tuition tax credit programs in a recent letter to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Court urged to maintain halt on Nevada's Education Savings Account Program

Nevada’s First Judicial District Court Judge James Wilson granted a preliminary injunction in the case of Lopez v. Schwartz earlier this month, halting the state’s Education Savings Account Program (ESAP) established by Senate Bill (SB) 302. In its ruling, the court explained that as the bill diverts general funds appropriated for public schools to fund private school tuition, it violates sections of Nevada’s constitution.

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.

National Coalition for Public Education Letter to Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Opposing Reauthorization of D.C. School Voucher Program

NSBA and 54 other organizations, as part of the National Coalition for Public Education, wrote this letter to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs to voice opposition to reauthorization of the District of Columbia private school voucher program. In the letter, the coalition stated "We oppose this and all private school voucher programs because public funds should be spent on public schools, not private schools. But the D.C. program, in particular, has proven ineffective and unaccountable to taxpayers.

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.”

NSBA and NCPE Letter Opposing DC School Voucher Program Reauthorization

In a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, NSBA and more than 50 organizations, as members of the National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE), urged Congress to oppose the reauthorization of the DC school voucher program.

NSBA Letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Regarding the Student Success Act

In this letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Executive Director Tom Gentzel outlines NSBA's position on the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) which was introduced on the House floor on July 8, 2015. In the letter, Mr. Gentzel voices NSBA's opposition to private vouchers and concerns with Title I portability and funding cap provisions in the bill.

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