Access to the internet is a necessity in today’s society, for students and adults alike. Since 1998, the E-rate program, which connects nearly 100 percent of schools and libraries to the internet, has been an invaluable resource, particularly in underserved and rural communities across America.

NSBA and other members of the Education and Library Networks Coalition (EdLiNC) today voiced their concerns about the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) proposal to cap both the Universal Service Fund and the E-rate program.  The EdLiNC group believe the cap would be disastrous and would only hurt those who need and depend on it the most to stay connected.

To learn more please read NSBA and the EdLiNC group's letter to the FCC.

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It's Time for a Great IDEA!

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.