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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Republicans are continuing work on the American Health Care Act, the bill previously considered by three House Committees to repeal and replace provisions of Obamacare. For the last two weeks, House Republicans have been working to address concerns of lawmakers to secure enough votes for the bill to move to the floor for consideration in the House of Representatives.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Congress is finalizing legislation to fund the remainder of FY2017 this week, as the current appropriations statute (Public Law 114-254) expires on April 28.  NSBA is engaged in this process, advocating for priorities including Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grants, Title I grants for disadvantaged students, Impact Aid (for districts educating students whose parents/guardians serve in the Armed Forces and those who reside on tribal tr

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

On Wednesday afternoon, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) aimed at eliminating top-down federal education mandates issued by the U.S. Department of Education, and delivering on the administration's commitment to ensure that educational decisions are made by those closest to individual students. The EO seeks to eliminate federal requirements to ensure that state and local education leaders are free to make educational decisions, as required by law.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

NSBA and the School Superintendents Association (AASA) are partnering to advocate for restoration of Secure Rural Schools funding under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act (SRS/Forest Counties). We remain committed to the SRS program and the important role it plays in supporting education, transportation and public safety for rural communities across the country. NSBA and AASA call on Congress to uphold its commitment to our rural communities and their respective school districts by restoring funding to the SRS program.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

In recent weeks, the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) E-Rate program that provides schools and libraries with approximately $3.9 billion in annual subsidies for education technology--specifically broadband/Internet access and internal connections--has been the subject of proposed changes that could affect connectivity for classrooms and communities.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

On April 10th, the U.S. Department of Education released the first substantive guidance regarding implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) since the accountability and state plan regulations finalized under the Obama Administration were repealed on March 27th.  The Dear Colleague Letter addresses specific issues relating to the identification of schools for comprehensive and targeted support and improvement for the 2017-18 school year and "meaningful consultation" requirements in ESSA.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

House Republicans signaled this week a potentially significant reversal in the Administration's legislative agenda relating to the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act. The American Health Care Act, which has been considered by three House Committees, was scheduled for a full vote in the House on March 24th. That same day, the vote was cancelled, as various Republican members of the House Freedom Caucus disagreed with the measure and refused to support this bill.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

On Tuesday, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved H.R. 1809, the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017. Introduced by Rep. Jason Lewis (R-MN) and Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), the legislation reauthorizes and reforms the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) to help state and local leaders better serve at-risk youth and juvenile offenders.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

For months, state education leaders have focused on developing and drafting state plans, as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which outlines and explains how each state will implement ESSA and meet the requirements of the new education law. On Monday, April 3rd, the first of two previously announced state plan submission dates, states had their first opportunity to submit their state plan to the U.S. Department of Education for review and approval.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

NSBA forwarded correspondence to the House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders this week regarding priorities for education investments for the remainder of this fiscal year and for FY2018.  The current federal funding statute, Public Law 114-254, is effective until April 28, 2017.  When Congress returns from its state/district work period on April 25, the priority will be the passage of an updated appropriations measure for the remainder of FY2017.