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 Reaffirms Support for IDEA Full Funding NSBA and other national education groups worked with Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) this week to reintroduce a bill (S. 2789) that would establish a multi-year plan to ultimately achieve full funding of the federal share of costs for special education under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). When IDEA was first enacted in 1975, Congress promised to pay 40 percent of the average per pupil expenditure for special education services. Howe
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
Thomas B. Fordham Institute Concurs with NSBA: USED Not Authorized to Attach Strings to ESEA Waivers On July 23, the Fordham Institute re-affirmed local school boards’ belief that the U.S. Department of Education (and many other federal agencies) have exceeded their authority in establishing costly requirements and mandates, not supported by specific legislative language. The Fordham Institute published a concise critique of the Department’s practice of attaching strings to ESEA waivers and est
NSBA: Do Not Force Washington State Schools to Send School Failure Letters Under NCLB In our continuing efforts to support the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA), the National School Boards Association (NSBA) sent a letter on July 17 urging the U.S. Department of Education to exempt Washington’s education agency from the 14-day requirement to issue letters informing parents of school choice options for schools deemed “failing” under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The NS
NSBA Federal Advocacy Improves FCC Policy on E-Rate NSBA successfully advocated for changes in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed policy to modernize the E-Rate program for schools and libraries. NSBA applauded the changes made by the FCC on July 11 including a “safety net” to protect Priority 1 funds for Internet connections in the event that funding is insufficient to approve all applications for broadband and Wi-Fi. The Commission further committed to seeking public input
NSBA Bill Introduced in the United States Senate NSBA is pleased to announce that the Local School Board Governance and Flexibility Act, S.2451 was introduced by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) on June 10. This bill serves as the Senate companion bill to H.R. 1386, that was introduced by Representatives Aaron Schock (R-IL),Patrick Meehan (R-PA), David Valadao (R-CA), Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Ron Kind (D-WI) on March 21, 2013. Since that time the number of co-sponsors of HR 1386 has increased to 43.
Fiscal Year 2015 Education Funding Update Last week the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for federal education funding reported a bill that seeks to provide increases for key programs. Based on the overall funding level established by the Bipartisan Budget Act for Fiscal Years 2014-15, the bill would sustain most programs for school districts and increase Title I grants for disadvantaged students and special education funding by $90 million in FY2015. “This is the bill that invest
Fiscal Year 2015 Education Funding The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for funding education programs is scheduled to meet this afternoon (Tuesday, June 10) to determine funding allocations for Fiscal Year 2015. Following the Subcommittee’s action, the full Appropriations Committee is slated to meet Thursday, June 12, to review the proposed funding bill. NSBA is urging that funding for Title I grants for disadvantaged students and special education be sustained, and that the seque
NSBA Welcomes Bipartisan Commitment to Collaborate on School Meal Provision in Appropriations Bill NSBA successfully supported temporary relief from national school meal standards for struggling school districts in the FY2015 spending bill for the Department of Agriculture (USDA). Approved by the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday, May 29 the bill includes a statutory directive to the USDA to establish a waiver process for local school districts if they have operated in the red for at
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