The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Board of Directors recently announced the selection of four officers and three at-large members of the Council of School Attorneys (COSA) Steering Committee. COSA is the national network of attorneys representing K-12 public school districts.
July 10, 2023
On July 10, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Representative Jared Huffman (D-CA) reintroduced the IDEA Full Funding Act, S. 2217 in the Senate and H.R. 4519 in the House. The bipartisan, bicameral legislation would finally ensure Congress' commitment to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Full funding for IDEA has long been a priority for NSBA and its members.
July 1, 2023
In her first column for NSBA's American School Board Journal (ASBJ), new NSBA Executive Director and CEO Verjeana McCotter-Jacobs writes that she's "never shied away from a challenge," adding, "and make no mistake: School leaders and public education are facing serious challenges right now." McCotter-Jacobs writes about her experiences as a lieutenant colonel with the Department of Corrections and as a school board member in Prince George's County, Maryland. Her conclusion? School board service is harder than working maximum security! Learn more about Verjeana and her vision for NSBA.
June 30, 2023
On June 29, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that admissions programs at Harvard and the University of North Carolina are unconstitutional because they rely in part on racial considerations. In response, NSBA Chief Legal Officer Francisco M. Negrón, Jr. said, "The authority of school districts to employ critical tools to promote diversity through locally determined policy is long-established," adding, "the High Court did not specifically discuss K-12 diversity efforts in its opinion. Preventing racial isolation and ensuring a diverse student population benefit students across all student populations in a variety of ways, including higher academic achievement, increased high school graduation rates and college enrollment rates, as well as enhanced civic participation — benefits the Supreme Court has recognized time and again,” including in a dissent today from Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson that cited NSBA’s amicus brief.
June 27, 2023
The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) American School Board Journal (ASBJ) recently received two awards — a gold and silver – during the 43rd annual EXCEL Awards. Presented by SIIA, the EXCEL Awards are the largest and most prestigious program recognizing excellence and leadership in association media, publishing, marketing, and communication.
June 12, 2023
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Verjeana McCotter-Jacobs, Esq. as its next Executive Director and CEO, beginning July 1. With more than 30 years of experience in education, law, and public safety, McCotter-Jacobs is poised to lead NSBA in its mission to support and advocate for public school students across the nation.
May 18, 2023
On December 9, Joyce Wilkerson, School Board President of the School District of Philadelphia, received the 2022 Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to representing the educational needs of urban schoolchildren through their service as a local school board member. Additionally, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) received the 2022 Award for Urban School Excellence.
May 8, 2023
Speaking to Politico regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed rule on athletic eligibility under Title IX, NSBA Chief Legal Officer Francisco M. Negrón, Jr. discussed key questions facing school boards.
The mid-September weather was spectacular, and the energy was electric as a sold-out crowd of school board members and other education leaders gathered in Chicago last week for the 2023 CUBE (Council of Urban Boards of Education) Annual Conference. Legendary rapper, actor, and author Ice-T, who delivered a frank and moving closing keynote, described the 55th CUBE event, calling it "the largest and strongest in-person conference for school board members focused on urban trends in the country."
On July 12, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced a plan to create a pilot program to invest up to $200 million over three years to enhance cybersecurity in schools and libraries. In response, National School Boards Association (NSBA) Executive Director and CEO Verjeana McCotter-Jacobs made the following statement.