NSBA Instructs U.S. Department of Agriculture on Impact of Proposed Education & Training Requirements NSBA filed extensive comments on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed professional standards for school food service personnel, which would apply to directors, managers and program staff. NSBA applauded the Department’s extensive stakeholder involvement in the process of drafting the standards, but pointed out that the new requirements represent direct federal intrusion into workfo
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
Strike Team Goes to Delaware Federal Legislative Advocacy & Public Policy staff travelled to Dover, Delaware to conduct a Strike Team clinic for the Delaware School Boards Association (DSBA). Inspired by the NSBA Advocacy Institute and the growing Army of Advocates, DSBA President Joe Brumskill and Executive Director Susan Francis invited the Strike Team to customize a program to address the unique needs of The First State. The Strike Team: • Conducted an in-depth briefing on federal policy
• 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
Title I and Special Education Funding: Efforts to Influence the President’s FY2015 Budget Proposal and the Congressional Appropriations Process NSBA is helping promote and circulate two “Dear Colleague” letters in the U.S. House of Representatives regarding Title I funding and special education funding for Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations. Along with other education groups, NSBA is working with Representatives Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Judy Chu (D-CA) to obtain support from House members for the
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
House Passes Bipartisan Budget Plan: Major NSBA Victory in the House NSBA Brings Home the Bacon with School Nutrition Bill NSBA Joins Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) Meeting with Local School Board Presidents and Superintendents NSBA Advocacy Institute House Passes Bipartisan Budget Plan: Major NSBA Victory in the House NSBA’s advocacy efforts to oppose the budget cuts to federal education programs because of sequestration are yielding a positive return. After many months of targete
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.