From the defeat of using public funds for private preschool programs in Hawaii to New York voters’ approval of a $2 billion bond for classroom spending, the following state ballot measures on Election Day have significant implications for public schools and their students. Ballot Initiatives 2014 All vote counts are unofficial as of Nov. 5
NSBA’s new poll: 83.7 percent of school districts saw an increase in plate waste; 81.8 percent had an increase in cost, and 76.5 percent saw a decrease in participation in the school lunch program by students. These findings reveal the alarming choices faced by school districts in response to the onerous requirements for federal meal programs in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Read more
Calling all public education supporters to get engaged in this year’s congressional elections. NSBAC released the 2014 election guide on October 9, 2014 to help school board members and their communities take part in activities to ensure candidates of choice clearly and fully articulate their support of local schools before taking office in the U.S. Congress. You will find suggestions, tips and resources that will help make your voice heard. These include activities school leaders and other p
U.S. House of Representatives Passes Short-Term Funding Bill In a recorded vote of 319 to 108, the House passed stop-gap legislation this week to fund education and other federal programs through December 11, 2014, in lieu of a full-year appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins October 1. The short-term Continuing Resolution (CR), H.J. RES. 124, was also passed by the Senate by a vote of 78 to 22. “This is a critical measure that ensures that hard-working Americans continue to have
Members of Congress return to their hometowns to meet with constituents locally and on September 8 they return to Washington, D.C. As a public education advocate, you can help to influence their decisions and votes on legislation affecting your local public schools by reaching out to your members of Congress. They will be especially interested in your concerns as this is an election year for the entire U.S. House of Representatives and one third of the Senate. Read the latest on federal
Please contact your U.S. Representative and urge a NO vote on H.R. 10, Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act. The Capitol Hill switchboard number is (202) 224-3121. Debate is scheduled in the House for the evening of Thursday, May 8 and votes are expected on Friday, May 9. NSBAC opposes H.R. 10 due to concerns regarding accountability and transparency, the bill’s proposed authorization of funding, and proposed assistance for charter school facilities. More Information… •
NSBA urges the House to vote “no” to HR.10 the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act in this letter, which highlights several concerns regarding funding, accountability and aid for facilities. NSBA supports charter schools provided they are authorized by the school boards in the communities where they are located. With only about one in five charter schools outperforms traditional public schools, the $300 million proposed in the bill creates grave concern amid such an aust
The National School Boards Action Center in coordination with the National School Boards Association advocates at the federal and national levels for the advancement of public education, local school board leadership, and excellence and equity in our nation’s public schools.