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
NSBA Applauds Child Nutrition Flexibility in House/Senate Appropriations Bills NSBA successfully supported language in the House FY2015 funding bill for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to grant flexibility and relief from certain requirements for school meals. The bill approved by the House Subcommittee responsible for funding child nutrition programs requires the USDA to establish a waiver process for schools that are unable to comply with national nutrition standards without incurrin
U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance on Obligations of Charter Schools to Comply with Federal Civil Rights Laws The U.S. Department of Education published a reminder from its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) regarding charter schools’ compliance with a number of federal laws regarding equal opportunity in admissions, free appropriate education to students with disabilities, provision of services to English-language learners, discipline, and other areas. “I am writing to remind you that the
NSBA Provides National Perspective at PSBA Advocacy Day NSBA Federal Advocacy & Public Policy staff members were pleased to present at the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) Advocacy Day, as school board members from across the state prepared to meet with their legislators in Harrisburg. NSBA staff discussed the exciting strategic direction of NSBA to expand its federal advocacy program, the importance of involvement in our national grassroots network initiative and the new tools
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.