Articles tagged with ESEA reauthorization

Registration open for NSBA Annual Conference 2012

Registration is now open for NSBA’s 72nd conference, held for the first time in Boston, from April 21 to 23, 2012. Join school board leaders and administrators from across the country for this premier event for school boards to learn about education issues from a national perspective, understand how federal legislation and court decisions will affect your district, and gain insights into strategies to raise student achievement and save money in your district.

In addition to the new locale, the conference will offer more than 200 sessions, plus an expanded lineup of technology sessions, important legislative and legal advocacy issues, and new opportunities to learn about new products and services in the Exhibit Hall. Discounts are available to early-bird registration National Affiliate Districts and TLN Districts only, of groups of 10 or more for the same school district. Visit NSBA’s Annual Conference website registration page for more details.

Keynote speakers include Geoffrey Canada, a nationally recognized and passionate advocate for education reform and president/chief executive officer of the Harlem Children’s Zone, and Sal Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, a free online education platform and not-for-profit organization. The General Session speaker for Saturday has not yet been announced.

Author and culinary star Chef Jeff Henderson will highlight the Sunday morning fellowship program with a talk entitled “From the Streets to the Stove: The Power of Potential.” Henderson spent 10 years in prison for dealing drugs, but while incarcerated, he discovered a passion for cooking and committed himself to turning his life around. He became the executive chef at Café Bellagio in Las Vegas and now hosts Food Network’s “The Chef Jeff Project,” which takes at-risk young adults and commits them to changing their lives through work with his catering company.

Joetta Sack-Min|September 20th, 2011|Categories: School Boards, Conferences and Events, Leadership, Key Work of School Boards, NSBA Annual Conference 2012|Tags: , , |

NSBA and AASA respond to announcement on NCLB waivers

NSBA and the American Association of School Administrators sent this letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan again calling for targeted regulatory relief for the nation’s schools. The letter is in response to communications from the U.S. Department of Education this week proposing relief to school districts via conditional waivers that require participating districts to adopt measures that support the administration’s education policy priorities.

NSBA recently surveyed school district leaders to determine the specific waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act that would they would find most useful. Read about the top areas identified for relief (so far) in School Board News Today.

Joetta Sack-Min|August 11th, 2011|Categories: Elementary and Secondary Education Act|Tags: , , , |

NSBA in the News: US moves to head off states’ revolt over NCLB

For months, NSBA and other education groups have asked Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the White House to grant relief for school districts under the No Child Left Behind Act. The Christian Science Monitor notes NSBA’s stance in this story: “With some states in open revolt against education reforms in the No Child Left Behind law, the Obama administration prepares to issue waivers from certain requirements. But states must agree to a different set of reforms to qualify,” the newspaper writes.

Officials in three states–Idaho, Montana, and South Dakota, say they will refuse to raise the “adequate yearly progress” bar this year to avoid unfairly labeling more schools  as failing. A recent survey by NSBA identified key areas where relief is most needed.

Read updates and more about NSBA’s positions on NCLB and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization in this issue brief.


Joetta Sack-Min|August 9th, 2011|Categories: Elementary and Secondary Education Act|Tags: , , |

Can New Year, fresh drive, push through old stalemates ?

Some New Year’s resolutions are harbingers of great change, others merely wishful thinking. Arne Duncan’s commentary on ESEA reauthorization this week in the Washington Post, is not a resolution per se. But the education secretary’s piece is brimming with New Year’s enthusiasm, in this case confidence that key members of Congress — in fresh, bipartisan fashion — “are poised to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).”
Duncan call’s his plan for a more workable ESEA a “common-sense agenda [that] also reflects the bipartisan revolution underway at the state and local level” to improve student achievement.

Does the secretary have this right? That’s a tough one to answer — or, in the words of that hoary (but useful) journalistic cliché, “Time will tell.”

This month I have an ASBJ story about where experts think the new Congress will take federal education policy, especially ESEA. And the experts say … well, to tell you the truth, the experts are all over the map, even on whether legislators will even get to ESEA in the coming years.

Naomi Dillon|January 4th, 2011|Categories: Governance, Policy Formation, American School Board Journal|Tags: |
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