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Gentzel podium 2018

An Inaccurate Census Count Jeopardizes Educational Opportunities

The ability of public schools to carry out their mission will be severely undermined if the federal government undertakes measures such as the inclusion of a question on citizenship in the Decennial Census, which U.S. Census Bureau and survey experts predict will undercount the number of children and families our schools serve.

  • NSBA Supports Smoke-Free Schools Legislation

    June 13, 2019

    The National School Boards Association supports The Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2019, introduced today by U. S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah).

  • It's Time for a Great IDEA!

    June 8, 2019

    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.

  • Welcome to Our New Website

    June 7, 2019

    We are delighted to have a new website to share information, news and resources with you. Our new platform utilizes a clean design and consistent navigation throughout the site. In the coming months, we will be building new features and adding new resources. We are proud of the new site and hope you have a great experience. For more information about the improvements we are making to our digital home...

  • NSBA Names Chip Slaven Chief Advocacy Officer

    May 20, 2019

    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.

  • Fixing the Holes in the Teacher Pipeline: Three Ways for School Leaders to Act

    May 20, 2019

    The Center for Public Education examines the growing epidemic of teacher shortage — a top issue for school boards throughout the nation — and how school leaders can address it. Fixing holes in the teacher pipeline is imperative for school leaders, as they need effective teachers to ensure that all students have access to a quality education

  • COSBAC Registration Open

    May 17, 2019

    COSBAC is a forum of the communication staff from state school boards associations across North America. If you're a member of COSBAC be sure to register for the upcoming Annual Conference which will take place July 11-13, 2019.

  • NSBA Launches the Center for Safe Schools

    May 16, 2019

    The National School Boards Association announced the launch of the NSBA Center for Safe Schools, a new initiative that provides critical resources to help education leaders, administrators and the public enhance student and school safety.


Students at computer in library

Underserved & rural communities stand to lose with proposed E-rate and USF cap

Access to the internet is a necessity in today’s society. Capping the Universal Service Fund & E-rate program, which connect nearly 100% of schools & libraries to the internet, will only hurt those who need and depend on it to stay connected.

Patte Barth 2017

In memory of Patte Barth, former Director of NSBA's Center for Public Education

On June 7, 2019, Patte Barth passed away after a long battle with cancer. She has left us physically, but her research, her dedication to public education and her passion to serve every student in public schools will endure as her legacy at NSBA's Center for Public Education (CPE).

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