Friends of Public Education, a new national grassroots network launched by the National School Boards Action Center (NSBAC), will bring together local leaders and concerned citizens from across the country to speak out on federal legislation to strengthen public education. The network, which can be accessed NSBAC website’s, www.nsbac.org, will help bolster support for a strong public education for all students.
“Federal legislation has direct policy and financial impact on local public schools and students,” said NSBAC Director Michael A. Resnick. “With the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization and other legislation being considered by Congress this year, it’s critical that our Washington lawmakers hear from their communities.”
By joining Friends of Public Education, members of the public will receive information on important federal education legislation, and they will be asked to contact their members of Congress at key times during the legislative process so that lawmakers will better understand how proposed policies would affect community schools.
“This is an important time for public education, and members of the public need a platform to speak out on national issues that are impacting the education of America’s schoolchildren,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, the executive director of the National School Boards Association (NSBA). “NSBA is pleased that Friends of Public Education will be a strong voice to support our nation’s public schools.”
NSBAC is a not-for-profit organization founded by NSBA to advocate 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. Across the nation, 90,000 local school board members are responsible for governing nearly 14,000 school systems serving 50 million public school students.