Latest Congressional News

Friday, June 2, 2017

Over the past few weeks, we have communicated with several state associations that are engaging with members of their congressional delegation regarding the harmful effects of the American Health Care Act's (AHCA) Medicaid provisions. Several of you have participated in NSBA's Calls to Action and are already contacting your Senators to urge them to oppose any bill that amends the Medicaid funding structure or rollback the Medicaid expansion authorized by the Affordable Care Act.
 

Friday, June 2, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will be testifying before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies this Tuesday, June 6, at 10:00 am Eastern. You can watch the hearing online here. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), a former history teacher, is chairman of the Subcommittee; and, former school board member, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), is ranking member.
 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Congress is in recess during the week of May 29-June 2.  If you have not already, now is the perfect time to invite your Members of Congress, specifically your Senators, to visit your school to see firsthand how cutting Medicaid funds will directly undermine the ability of public schools to meet the educational needs of students with disabilities and students in poverty.  NSBA and AASA (The School Superintendents Association) are partnering in a Call to Action to save school-based Medicaid programs

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Administration submitted its Fiscal Year 2018 budget request to Congress this week that provides greater detail about the policy goals referenced in the initial FY2018 budget blueprint released in March. While the Administration would increase funding in Title I to promote school choice, the proposal would also eliminate several education programs and would target reductions in others.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

This week, Democratic Members of Congress introduced the Rebuild America's Schools Act of 2017 (H.R. 2475).

Thursday, May 18, 2017

This week, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce reported a bipartisan bill (H.R. 2353) to reauthorize the Carl D.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

This week, the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS) highlighted its partnership with NSBA to advance federal investments in the Impact Aid program that provides a vital source of support for 1,400 school districts across the nation that have a federal presence within their boundaries.  The Impact Aid program helps districts provide educational services to students whose parents/guardians are enlisted in our Armed Forces, as well as those who reside on tribal trust lands.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

On Thursday afternoon, details of the Trump Administration's FY2018 budget surfaced and revealed the potential for significant budget cuts to public education. Details of the budget, which is reportedly close to being finalized, reveal potential gross cuts of $10.6 billion for the U.S.

Friday, May 12, 2017

On Wednesday, May 17, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce is scheduled to review H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.  The Committee meeting can be viewed online via live webcast at 10:00 am.  Last week, U.S.

Friday, May 12, 2017

On Monday, March 13, the U.S. Department of Education submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a draft Template for States to use when submitting consolidated ESSA state plans to the Department for approval. Unlike the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which strongly emphasizes meaningful consultation and stakeholder engagement by federal, state and local education agencies, the new Template eliminates almost all references to it.