Articles tagged with Federal Relations Network

Ravitch wants school boards to speak up for their rights

Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch

Education researcher Diane Ravitch has posted in a recent blog some provocative questions for U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and other federal officials when they speak at the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Federal Relations Network conference later today. Ravitch, who will be a keynote speaker at NSBA’s 73rd Annual Conference in San Diego in April, wants to query the leaders about their stands on local governance and school boards. She writes:

In the last few years, there has been an all-out attack on local control. Most of the attack comes from the privatization movement, which thinks that school boards debate too much, listen too much, move too slowly. The privatizers prefer mayoral control in cities to get fast action. And they push laws and constitutional amendments allowing the governor to create a commission to override local school boards that reject charters. This is the ALEC agenda.

Happily, leading members of NSBA will have a chance to ask Arne Duncan why he pushes mayoral control, which has done so little for Cleveland and Chicago–and is now approved in NYC by only 18 percent of the public.

And they can ask Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia what he thinks about that state’s recent drive to strip local school boards of control of their districts. They might also ask him what he thinks of the re segregation that charters are promoting.

Stay tuned for more coverage of the federal leaders’ speeches at the 2013 FRN Conference, taking place Jan. 27 to 29 in Washington.

Joetta Sack-Min|January 28th, 2013|Categories: Federal Advocacy, FRN Conference 2013, Leadership, NSBA Annual Conference 2013, Privatization, Public Advocacy, School Boards|Tags: , , , , , |

April issue of ASBJ now online

The cover package for the April edition of American School Board Journal puts a spotlight on one of the most important NSBA events of the year: the Federal Relations Network conference. 

Held each February in Washington DC, the multi-day meeting culminates on Capitol Hill,  where board members make the case for public education to their congressional members. 

This year, the ASBJ editorial staff shadowed four state delegations to offer you a special peak into their Day on the Hill.

Naomi Dillon|April 3rd, 2012|Categories: American School Board Journal|Tags: , |

Photos on Facebook, Flickr

Check out photos from the second day of NSBA’s Leadership Conference, along with the opening sessions of our Federal Relations Network on Facebook and Flickr.

Glenn Cook|February 5th, 2012|Categories: Federal Programs, FRN Conference 2012, Leadership Conference 2012|Tags: , , , |
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