National School Boards Association
- 1 Taxpayer-funded lobbying
- 2 Issues
- 2.1 Improve the No Child Left Behind Act
- 2.2 Increase federal funding for education
- 2.3 Strengthen teacher quality
- 2.4 Expand and improve early education
- 2.5 Protect Medicaid reimbursement for schools
- 2.6 Oppose private school vouchers
- 2.7 Protect and strengthen the E-rate program
- 2.8 Make support for public education a priority in global competitiveness bills
- 2.9 Support better student nutrition/oppose new government mandates
- 3 Income and expenses
- 4 State chapters
- 5 External links
- 6 References
- Main article: National government sector lobbying
In order to obtain membership in NSBA, a school board must be a member to the state affiliate. The dues combined, which are paid with district funds, can total $17,000 for a district.
The NSBA stated its lobbying priorities in its “Legislative Issues: 110th Congress.”
Improve the No Child Left Behind Act
The NSBA argued that the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act "established a rigorous but theoretical accountability system" for public schools, with student performance being measured from a single assessment and therefore resulting in solutions that were often over-broad and not targeted appropriately. NSBA argued that these solutions were not proven to significantly improve student and school performance.
Increase federal funding for education
As of 2008, NSBA wanted an increase in Title I and IDEA funding by $2.5 billion each. NSBA also advocated a rejection of proposed cuts or eliminations to vocational education and education technology, as well as rejection of all private school voucher proposals.
Strengthen teacher quality
NSBA believes Congress should:
- Give grants and other federal incentives to school districts and states, particularly schools that are difficult to staff, to help these schools recruit and retain quality teachers.
- Improve NCLB's teacher requirements and incorporate more flexibility
- Redirect some of NCLB's sanctions for professional development programs
- Support alternative certification programs
- Bolster teacher preparation programs
- Produce research and best practices on teaching
Expand and improve early education
The NSBA wants a new federal grant program for expanding and sustaining universal preschool programs, as well as increased funding for the Head Start program.
Protect Medicaid reimbursement for schools
NSBA wants school districts' ability to claim reimbursement for administrative and transportation expenses related to services they provide to Medicaid-eligible children with disabilities preserved.
Oppose private school vouchers
NSBA wants Congress to oppose any effort to subsidize private school tuition with taxpayer dollars via vouchers and tuition tax credits.
Protect and strengthen the E-rate program
The organization believes that E-rate should continue being well-funded.
Make support for public education a priority in global competitiveness bills
NSBA wants federal assistance for school districts to strengthen math, science and technology programs while still allowing for increasing federal funding for existing K-12 education programs.
Support better student nutrition/oppose new government mandates
The organization opposes expanding federal regulations that dictate nutrition standards to local school districts.
Income and expenses
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(included in Total income)
- National School Boards Association Website: About NSBA
- Michigan Education Report, "Grand Rapids district parts ways with school board associations," Fall 2002
- Key Issues
- Bedford BOE Passes Resolution in support of H.R. 648
- No Child Left Behind
- Federal Funding for Education
- Teacher Quality
- Early Education
- 2007 990 Form(pdf)
- 2006 990 Form(pdf)
- 2005 990 Form(pdf)
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