As the Washington, D.C. office for our state associations, NSBA is committed to ensuring the voice and perspective of school boards are heard and recognized by members of Congress and the Trump administration. In pursuit of excellence and equity in public education, we advocate for federal policies that strengthen public schools and local governance. We also work to ensure that support for public education is a top priority for the nation.

Our policy road map, which is set by our Delegate Assembly and captured in our 2019-2020 Advocacy Agenda, covers a range of issues including student and school safety, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, school infrastructure and financing, nutrition, and career and technical education (CTE).

As a matter of priority, NSBA’s comprehensive advocacy and policy priorities reinforce an equity statement adopted by the association.

We affirm in our actions that each student can, will, and shall learn. Educational equity is the intentional allocation of resources, instruction, and opportunities according to need. We recognize that based on factors including but not limited to disability, race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status, students are deprived of equitable educational opportunities. This requires that discriminatory practices, prejudices, and beliefs be identified and eradicated. — NSBA Board of Directors, Adoption of the Definition of Equity, December 2017