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
NSBA Advises USDA on Proposed Strike Force for Targeted Technical Assistance on Child Nutrition The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing a Schools Strike Force to help identify schools that are having challenges implementing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (PL 111 – 296), and to deliver tailored, school-specific technical assistance. While NSBA applauds this effort, it is woefully insufficient to fully address the difficulties in complying with the child nutrition law. NSBA’s recommen
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 Pushes Back on Federal Overreach in Latest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) School Nutrition Regulations NSBA issued strong recommendations to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding proposed regulations for local school wellness policies and marketing of food in schools. The proposed rule would establish extensive new requirements for developing, implementing, reporting and assessing local school wellness polices – all without additional federal funds. The regulation al
NSBA President Testifies on Capitol Hill NSBA successfully worked with the staff for the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies to be the only organization selected in the K-12 community as a witness for the Subcommitte’s recent public hearing. NSBA President David Pickler testified before the Appropriations subcommittee regarding the importance of federal education investments, especially in the Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations bi
• Education Funding • IDEA Full Funding Act Introduced • NSBA Calls for Resources, Local Control in Modernized E-Rate Program • EPA Seeks School Board Input on Potential EPA Regulation Education Funding The President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request to Congress was released last week and proposes an increase of $1.3 billion over the FY2014 level for U.S. Department of Education programs. The budget request includes six major initiatives for the Department: • Increasing equity and opportunity f
NSBA Stands Up For Public Schools in Recommendations to Cabinet Agencies NSBA urged the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to maximize local flexibility and control as they implement the new Race to the Top (RTT) – preschool state grant program. In strong comments to the departments NSBA weighed in on how $250 million in new federal funds in the consolidated funding bill for FY 2014 should be spent to build, develop and expand high-quality presch
Federal Legislation Introduced in Support of Vouchers Three private school voucher bills (S. 1968, H.R. 4000, and S. 1909) have recently been introduced. S. 1968, introduced by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and H.R. 4000, introduced by Rep. Luke Messer(R-IN) would divert $24 billion of the federal k-12 funding and make it available for states to give the money to low-income parents to pay for private school or tutoring, attend a public school outside their district, or for home school materials.
-FY2014 Funding Bill Finalized -EPA Heeds NSBA’s Suggestion for Longer Comment Period -NSBA Advocacy Institute: 16 days and counting… FY2014 Funding Bill Finalized Our advocacy efforts were successful this week as Congress passed a final consolidated funding bill for Fiscal Year 2014, after several months of stop-gap appropriations bills and an earlier government shutdown. The bill is subsequent to the enactment of the Bipartisan Budget Act last December, which provides a two-year reprieve fro
NSBA Participates in White House Budget Briefing NSBA registered concerns regarding the impact of sequestration on our schools and students during a White House budget briefing last week. During the briefing, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President, Valerie Jarrett, welcomed the ideas and feedback from participants. Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council, discussed the Administration’s overall opposition to the sequester and stated that there must be parity between any
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