NSBA to Congress: Hands off E-rate

NSBA is urging Congress not to jeopardize Internet, broadband, and Wi-Fi access for millions of students or block improvements to E-rate, the federal program that provides connectivity resources for schools and libraries. Student access to high-speed Internet connections is critical, and 80 percent of schools currently have slow or an inadequate number of Internet connections. […]

Kathleen Vail|July 15th, 2014|Categories: Educational Legislation, Educational Technology, Federal Advocacy, Legislative advocacy|Tags: , , |No Comments|

PBS’s Frontline examines the resurgence of school segregation in America

PBS’s Frontline will feature upcoming programming about resegregation in America, “Separate and Unequal,” following the recent 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education. Tune in to PBS on July 15, 2014 (check your local listings for time) for Frontline’s two-part examination of what’s behind the growing racial divide in American schools, and the […]

Margaret Suslick|July 14th, 2014|Categories: American School Board Journal, Urban Schools|Tags: , , |No Comments|

Arizona judge orders state education funding adjust with inflation

A ruling by Arizona Superior Court Judge Kathleen Cooper requires the State of Arizona to adjust base level funding for public education to reflect inflationary increases the Arizona Legislature has not provided to public schools for the past five years as mandated by law. The decision, issued on July 11, 2014, will provide a minimum […]

Staff|July 12th, 2014|Categories: School Law|Tags: , , , |No Comments|

Share how your school district earns trust

School districts that earn the trust of their key stakeholder groups are more likely to win bond referendums, successfully implement their plans, and enjoy a better relationship with their communities than those districts where trust is lacking. But what creates trust? Is it science? Can a process be found that works every time? Or must […]

Margaret Suslick|July 12th, 2014|Categories: Announcements, School Boards, School Climate, Teachers|Tags: , |No Comments|

School boards encouraged by E-Rate modernization plan, but further improvements are vital

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) welcomes the decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to improve the long oversubscribed E-rate program, while also noting remaining funding gaps. This was reinforced by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who announced that the FCC will consider added funding for E-rate in a future call for public input. “The […]

Alexis Rice|July 11th, 2014|Categories: Educational Technology, Federal Programs, Online learning, Policy Formation, School Boards|Tags: , , , |No Comments|

NSBA discusses school lunch concerns with USDA

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) was one of 16 organizations that met today with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Under Secretary of Agriculture Kevin Concannon, and “Let’s Move!” Executive Director Sam Kass to discuss problems implementing new regulations for school meals stipulated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFK) and methods for improving child […]

Margaret Suslick|July 10th, 2014|Categories: Educational Legislation, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Federal Advocacy, Federal Programs, Food Service|Tags: , , , , , , , |No Comments|

Investigation finds poor results at Michigan’s charter schools

Michigan taxpayers spend nearly $1 billion annually to support the state’s 370 charter schools, but there’s little transparency in how that money is spent—and many poor-performing charters aren’t held accountable. Those are among the findings of a recent Detroit Free Press investigation that has put the spotlight on failures in Michigan’s charter school policy. For […]

Del Stover|July 10th, 2014|Categories: Charter Schools, Reports, School Boards, School Reform|Tags: , , |No Comments|

NSBA names Michael C. Zola as head of federal advocacy and public policy

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) announced today that veteran education policymaker Michael C. Zola will join the organization as its Associate Executive Director, Federal Advocacy and Public Policy. Zola will oversee NSBA’s legislative advocacy division, including the National School Boards Action Center, NSBA’s 501(c)(4) organization, and the Center for Public Education, NSBA’s research arm. […]

Joetta Sack-Min|July 10th, 2014|Categories: Announcements, Federal Advocacy, Federal Programs, Leadership, Legislative advocacy, National School Boards Action Center, School Board News, School Boards|Tags: , |No Comments|

Washington state seeks NCLB exemption

The Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) is asking the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for an exemption to a requirement that would cause almost every school district in Washington to send letters to parents stating that their schools are failing. ED imposed the “failing” schools letter requirement when it cancelled the state’s waiver exempting […]

Margaret Suslick|July 2nd, 2014|Categories: No Child Left Behind, School Boards, State School Boards Associations|Tags: , |1 Comment|

NSBA: E-Rate funding shortage jeopardizes future of program

The federal E-rate program will lose impact and some school districts will be harmed without additional funding, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) has warned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In a July 1 letter to FCC commissioners, NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel warns, “The absence of a meaningful increase in funding – at […]

Joetta Sack-Min|July 1st, 2014|Categories: Budgeting, Educational Technology, Federal Advocacy, Federal Programs, School Buildings|Tags: , |No Comments|
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