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
NSBA Strongly Urges Implementation Delay for Competitive Foods Standards NSBA submitted formal comments strongly urging the Department of Agriculture to delay implementation of competitive food standards for one year due to the operational and financial impact on school districts. The standards apply to all foods sold in school on the school campus throughout the school day, and become effective July 2014. NSBA also expressed extreme disappointment with the Department’s indifference to NSBA’
Update on FY2014 Budget Negotiations Since legislation was enacted last week to end the government shutdown and continue funding programs at sequestered levels until January 15, the House and Senate Budget Committee leaders are preparing for their next conference committee public meeting on Wednesday, October 30. The law that stopped the shutdown also requires the House and Senate Budget Committee conferees to develop a plan for a Fiscal Year 2014 budget resolution by December 13, about one mont
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA ) Reauthorization With the federal government shutdown over, NSBA, along with selected members of the State & Local Governance Coalition, began meetings with key Senators to request them to urge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to schedule the Senate floor vote on S. 1094 (the Senate ESEA reauthorization bill) as soon as possible to ensure a Joint Conference Committee meeting in early January. NSBA discussed the impact of the delayed ES
Congress is on recess until September 9. During this time, most members of Congress return to their hometowns and meet with constituents in their home offices. Please take this opportunity to communicate the following information to them during August, using local examples. You can call their office using the Capitol switchboard at 202.224.3121 or use NSBA’s legislative action center at nsba.org/advocacy to find their local contact information. Below is the background and talking points for four
ESEA Reauthorization: NSBA Bill on Local School Board Governance & Flexibility Prominent Throughout House Bill, H.R. 5 NSBA was very pleased that H.R. 5, Student Success Act, passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, July 19 by a vote of 221-207. H.R. 5 is the House’s version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization. NSBA is grateful for your response to our calls to action and for contacting your members of Congress during this once in 12 years
House of Representatives Majority Leader Moves ESEA to Next Step The House of Representatives Majority Leader, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), announced that the full House may consider its bill, the Student Success Act, H.R. 5, as early as next week. This bill is the House of Representatives’ bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). H.R. 5 was reported out of the House Education and the Workforce Committee on June 19 by 23-16 – a straight party line vote. NSBA voiced i
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