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IDEA High Cost Pool Funding Statement

Following the reintroduction of the IDEA High Cost Pool Funding Act, NSBA Executive Director & CEO Thomas J. Gentzel released a statement in support of the legislation.

  • A Place of Solidarity: CUBE Conference 2019

    October 9, 2019

    A record 700 public-school leaders, educators, and advocates from across the country and the Virgin Islands gathered in late September in Miami for three days of educational programming, information sessions, and thought-provoking conversations during NSBA’s Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) 2019 Annual Conference.

  • Florida’s Hillsborough County School District Winner of 2019 Urban School Board Excellence Award

    September 19, 2019

    NSBA recognizes Hillsborough County, the eighth-largest school district in America, with the Award for the Urban School Board Excellence for their outstanding school board governance, academic improvement, educational equity and community engagement.

  • Guilford County North Carolina School Board Member Winner of 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

    September 19, 2019

    Deena A. Hayes, Chairwoman of North Carolina’s Guilford County Board of Education, is the winner of the 2019 Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • Portsmouth School Board Member Winner of Lifetime Achievement Award

    August 27, 2019

    NSBA's Council of Urban Boards of Education CUBE is pleased to announce Cardell C. Patillo, Jr., board member and Finance Chair of the Portsmouth, Virginia School Board, winner of the 2018 Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award. The Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual who, through their service as a local school board member, has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to representing the educational needs of urban schoolchildren.

  • Statement in Response to 2019 PDK Poll Result

    August 5, 2019

    Through continuous growth and innovation, public schools provide exceptional learning opportunities for schoolchildren across the country, and so it comes as no surprise that the PDK Poll again found that K-12 parents give high marks to their children’s local schools. Read more from NSBA Executive Director & CEO Thomas J. Gentzel's statement in response to the 2019 PDK Poll results.

  • Universal Service Fund Cap Statement

    July 31, 2019

    Created in compliance of the Telecommunications Act in 1996, the Universal Service Fund provides affordable internet access to low-income and rural areas. In its comments to the FCC, NSBA made clear that placing an overall spending cap on the fund will lead to unnecessary competition among its four programs.

  • Smoke Free Schools Act Statement

    July 26, 2019

    NSBA supports The Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2019 introduced in the House today. The legislation would ban e-cigarette usage in educational and childcare facilities.


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Thomas J. Gentzel Announces Retirement as Executive Director & CEO of National School Boards Association

After serving as Executive Director & CEO for NSBA since 2012, Thomas J. Gentzel today announced he will retire in May 2020.

SCOTUS

Statement on Upcoming DACA Supreme Court Case

NSBA filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to preserve the DACA program and protect the rights of the more than 850,000 public school students that have benefited from it.