Court deems Virginia school takeover plan unconstitutional

A Circuit Court judge has struck down a state school takeover board that would have stripped local school boards of their authority over low-performing schools, ruling in favor of the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) and the City of Norfolk school board. Norfolk Public Schools and VSBA sued the state last fall, arguing that the […]

Joetta Sack-Min|June 11th, 2014|Categories: Board governance, Governance, School Law, State School Boards Associations|Tags: |1 Comment|

Center for Public Education report finds no gains in mayoral control

Collaboration between mayors and school boards, not mayoral takeovers, can lead to better school governance and student achievement, according to a new report by the Center for Public Education (CPE) at the National School Boards Association (NSBA). “Toward Collaboration, Not A Coup: What the research says about mayoral involvement in urban schools,” explores the intersects […]

Alexis Rice|June 11th, 2014|Categories: Center for Public Education, School Boards, Urban Schools|Tags: , |No Comments|

California School Boards Association speaks out on teacher tenure ruling

Today, a California Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles judge issued a decision on Vergara v. California, ruling that state laws regarding teacher tenure and dismissal are unconstitutional as they infringe upon poor and minority students’ right to an equitable education. The lawsuit is expected to have national implications as its backers are […]

Alexis Rice|June 10th, 2014|Categories: School Boards, School Reform, Teachers|Tags: , , , , |No Comments|

NSBA encourages U.S. House to support flexibility and regulatory relief for school meals

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is encouraging the U.S. House of Representatives to support for local school district flexibility and modest regulatory relief for school meal programs in the FY 2015 Appropriations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. NSBA supports two important measures in the legislation that the House will consider on June 11, […]

Alexis Rice|June 10th, 2014|Categories: Federal Advocacy, Federal Programs, Food Service, Legislative advocacy|Tags: , , |No Comments|

NSBA urges House committee to boost IDEA funding

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is urging members of the U.S. House of Representative’s Appropriations Committee to continue to sustain and protect spending for federal K-12 education programs, particularly the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the nation’s main special education law. Below is language from a June 9 letter sent to members of the […]

Joetta Sack-Min|June 10th, 2014|Categories: Budgeting, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Federal Advocacy, Federal Programs, Policy Formation|No Comments|

NSBA praises the U.S. Senate introduction of the Local School Board Governance and Flexibility Act

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) praises the introduction today of the Local School Board Governance and Flexibility Act (S. 2451) in the U.S. Senate by Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.). The legislation would protect local school district governance from unnecessary and counterproductive federal intrusion from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). “We appreciate Sen. Inhofe’s […]

Alexis Rice|June 10th, 2014|Categories: Educational Legislation, Federal Advocacy, Legislative advocacy, School Boards, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |No Comments|

PDK chief shares insight on nation’s views of public education

Bill Bushaw, the Executive Director of Phi Delta Kappa International, discussed the top issues and key findings from the 2013 PDK/Gallup poll on public schools with the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Board of Directors this week. The annual poll, one of the most comprehensive surveys of this country’s attitudes toward public education, consistently has […]

Joetta Sack-Min|June 9th, 2014|Categories: Charter Schools, Common Core State Standards, Educational Research, School Boards|No Comments|

OSBA, education groups support new Ohio graduation requirements

The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) is among a coalition of state education groups that is supporting new graduation requirements for Ohio students. The new graduation requirements, approved by a joint legislative committee, would replace the Ohio Graduation Test with seven end-of-course exams in English, math, science, U.S. history, and government. The measure would require […]

Joetta Sack-Min|June 6th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|No Comments|

School boards urge U.S. appeals court to provide flexibility for schools in promoting a safe environment

The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the case of Doe v. Board of Education of Prince George’s County. At issue in the case is the […]

Alexis Rice|June 6th, 2014|Categories: School Boards, School Climate, School District Reorganization, School Law, School Security|Tags: , , , , , |No Comments|

NSBA President Anne Byrne: “High standards are a must”

National School Boards Association (NSBA) President Anne M. Byrne recently discussed the challenges and potential for the Common Core State Standards during a meeting of the Learning First Alliance (LFA), a coalition of national education groups. LFA followed up with specific questions for Byrne, including queries about her firsthand experience as a school board member […]

Joetta Sack-Min|June 5th, 2014|Categories: Board governance, Center for Public Education, Common Core State Standards, Educational Research, State School Boards Associations|Tags: , |No Comments|
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