Develop a positive relationship with your community’s charter schools

Whether you embrace the charter school movement—or see these schools as unwelcome intruders that steal your students and siphon off funding—it is in the best interest of your school board to develop a positive working relationship with your community’s charters. That was the message delivered at a Monday workshop at NSBA’s annual conference led by […]

Del Stover|April 15th, 2013|Categories: Charter Schools, NSBA Annual Conference 2013|No Comments|

Ohio legislation fallout may impact labor relations

When Ohio lawmakers approved a sweeping overhaul of collective bargaining for public employees, the teachers unions quickly led a counterattack that that saw the controversial legislation overturned in a statewide referendum. But the battle is far from over—and the fallout from the state’s 2011 legislative session may still have profound implications for local school boards, […]

Del Stover|April 15th, 2013|Categories: Educational Legislation, NSBA Annual Conference 2013, Teachers|No Comments|

NSBA seeks to stop erosion of local control

The erosion of local school board authority is on the minds of many board members these days, and NSBA has responded with the Local School Board Governance and Flexibility Act, which seeks to rein in the U.S. Department of Education’s use of rules and regulations to intrude on the role of local school policymakers. “What […]

Del Stover|April 15th, 2013|Categories: Federal Advocacy, Federal Programs, NSBA Annual Conference 2013, Public Advocacy|No Comments|

Caucus speaker asks: Is there a place where American Indian children can feel safe?

Although she was talking to school leaders well-versed in the educational challenges facing American Indian students, Hollie Mackey still took time to emphasize these challenges with a few stories of her own school years. For example, on her first day at one school, the principal told her she was lucky that she was fair-skinned and […]

Del Stover|April 15th, 2013|Categories: Diversity, NSBA Annual Conference 2013|No Comments|

10 best practices to avoid liability

A question that frequently arises among school members, new and seasoned is, “Can I be sued?” While there are no guarantees against a lawsuit being filed, it is important consider actions to take to limit school board exposure to potential liability. Most states provide indemnification to school board members for actions taken within the parameters […]

Erin Walsh|April 15th, 2013|Categories: NSBA Annual Conference 2013, School Law, School Security|Tags: , |No Comments|

Hot topics in school law

Issues around school safety and various legislative and regulatory efforts arising nationally could easily pose serious consequences for districts and school boards, says Steve Bounds, director of legal and policy services for the Maryland Association of Boards of Education. In Monday’s session at the National School Boards Association’s Annual Conference, “Latest in School Law,” Bounds […]

Erin Walsh|April 15th, 2013|Categories: NSBA Annual Conference 2013, School Law|Tags: |No Comments|

Brand-building begins in the board room

Does your school district have an image problem? If so, it probably doesn’t need a new slogan, a new logo, or a new “look,” according to a trainer and a communications specialist from the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA). What’s commonly needed is improvement in what happens at board meetings, they said at […]

Erin Walsh|April 15th, 2013|Categories: NSBA Annual Conference 2013, School Boards|Tags: , |No Comments|

New NSBA President David Pickler takes office in midst of change

David A. Pickler knows about change. His career has evolved from business to law to financial planning and accounting.  As a member of the Shelby County, Tenn. school board, Pickler is in the midst of a massive merger with Memphis City Schools that will drastically change the demographics and operations of the school district. So […]

Joetta Sack-Min|April 15th, 2013|Categories: Board governance, Conferences and Events, Crisis Management, Governance, Leadership, Legislative advocacy, NSBA Annual Conference 2013, School Boards|Tags: , |No Comments|

Video: NSBA incoming President highlights Monday’s Annual Conference schedule and the year to come

View National School Boards Association’s 2013 Annual Conference message from 2013-2014 President David A. Pickler for April 15, 2013 highlighting today’s conference schedule and the upcoming year.

Alexis Rice|April 15th, 2013|Categories: Federal Advocacy, Multimedia and Webinars, NSBA Annual Conference 2013, School Boards|Tags: , |No Comments|

Leadership and alignment improve Latino student achievement

One of the first tasks of Robert Arias did when he accepted the superintendency in Bakersfield, Calif., was to work with the school board to align the board’s values and goals with the work of the central office and the school improvement plans at each campus. “Clarity precedes competence,” Arias told attendees at a Hispanic […]

Del Stover|April 14th, 2013|Categories: Governance, Leadership Conference 2013, NSBA Annual Conference 2013, Student Achievement|No Comments|
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