NSBA initiated and, with other leading education organizations, filed an amicus brief on October 4th regarding an upcoming Supreme Court case about rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program (The Department of Homeland Security et al. v. Regents of the Univ. of California et al.).

NSBA is concerned by the impact and legality of rescinding DACA without due process. The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision did not follow the most basic requirements of reasoned decision-making imposed by the Administrative Procedure Act, especially for long-standing policies such as DACA. It is imperative that the DHS provide due process for DACA and the millions of immigrants the policy impacts. Due process is a fundamental aspect of our system of rulemaking; it must be respected and not undermined by the U.S. Attorney General.

While the question of what is to be done about undocumented children is one that our national leaders hesitate to resolve, the answer is clear for public schools: We educate all of our children, regardless of how they got here. More than 850,000 public school students have benefited from DACA since 2012. It is unacceptable that an end run around the rulemaking process would be used to undermine the future of schoolchildren.

To learn more, please read Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California (United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court and Writs of Certiorari).

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Originally signed into law in 1975, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the main federal statute governing special education for children. Today, IDEA protects the rights of over six million students with disabilities (approximately 13.5 percent of students) to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education in the least restrictive environment. NSBA urges the federal government to modernize and fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Act. We've recently launched a new initiative to highlight this critical need and help ensure our country’s students with disabilities receive the access and supports they need to succeed.

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NSBA Names Chip Slaven Chief Advocacy Officer

NSBA today announced that Stuart “Chip” Slaven has joined the association as Chief Advocacy Officer. Slaven will lead the Federal Advocacy & Public Policy group, which represents state school board associations and their members before the U.S. Congress and the Administration. Slaven is a government relations veteran who brings passion and extensive experience to drive our vision for public education forward.