At NSBA, our National American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) Council of School Board Members promotes quality education for all students with emphasis on the challenges and successes of the American Indian and Alaska Native student. Watch Stephanie Thompson, president of the Farmington Municipal Schools School Board in New Mexico, and Western Regional Director of the AIAN Council, discuss her educational and career journey from high school student to school board president and advocate for students.
September 27, 2023
The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Board of Directors recently announced the selection of four officers and three at-large members of the Council of School Attorneys (COSA) Steering Committee. COSA is the national network of attorneys representing K-12 public school districts.
September 22, 2023
The mid-September weather was spectacular, and the energy was electric as a sold-out crowd of school board members and other education leaders gathered in Chicago last week for the 2023 CUBE (Council of Urban Boards of Education) Annual Conference. Legendary rapper, actor, and author Ice-T, who delivered a frank and moving closing keynote, described the 55th CUBE event, calling it "the largest and strongest in-person conference for school board members focused on urban trends in the country."
July 13, 2023
On July 12, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced a plan to create a pilot program to invest up to $200 million over three years to enhance cybersecurity in schools and libraries. In response, National School Boards Association (NSBA) Executive Director and CEO Verjeana McCotter-Jacobs made the following statement.
July 10, 2023
On July 10, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Representative Jared Huffman (D-CA) reintroduced the IDEA Full Funding Act, S. 2217 in the Senate and H.R. 4519 in the House. The bipartisan, bicameral legislation would finally ensure Congress' commitment to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Full funding for IDEA has long been a priority for NSBA and its members.
July 1, 2023
In her first column for NSBA's American School Board Journal (ASBJ), new NSBA Executive Director and CEO Verjeana McCotter-Jacobs writes that she's "never shied away from a challenge," adding, "and make no mistake: School leaders and public education are facing serious challenges right now." McCotter-Jacobs writes about her experiences as a lieutenant colonel with the Department of Corrections and as a school board member in Prince George's County, Maryland. Her conclusion? School board service is harder than working maximum security! Learn more about Verjeana and her vision for NSBA.
June 30, 2023
On June 29, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that admissions programs at Harvard and the University of North Carolina are unconstitutional because they rely in part on racial considerations. In response, NSBA Chief Legal Officer Francisco M. Negrón, Jr. said, "The authority of school districts to employ critical tools to promote diversity through locally determined policy is long-established," adding, "the High Court did not specifically discuss K-12 diversity efforts in its opinion. Preventing racial isolation and ensuring a diverse student population benefit students across all student populations in a variety of ways, including higher academic achievement, increased high school graduation rates and college enrollment rates, as well as enhanced civic participation — benefits the Supreme Court has recognized time and again,” including in a dissent today from Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson that cited NSBA’s amicus brief.
June 27, 2023
The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) American School Board Journal (ASBJ) recently received two awards — a gold and silver – during the 43rd annual EXCEL Awards. Presented by SIIA, the EXCEL Awards are the largest and most prestigious program recognizing excellence and leadership in association media, publishing, marketing, and communication.
Dr. Jonathan Hodges of the Paterson Public Schools Board of Education in New Jersey and Missouri’s Ferguson-Florissant School Board were honored at the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) Annual Conference on Sept. 15 before an audience of nearly 1,000 urban school board members.
As we celebrate the rich and diverse culture and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans past and present, we must also ensure that we provide today’s Hispanic and Latino students with the supports and resources they need.