Press Releases

For Immediate Release Contact: Sharon Cannon, 703-740-4824 Arlington, VA—NASBE today announces a request for proposals for state stipends in four topic areas, plus the opportunity for a combined proposal that joins two or three of those topics: Common Core State Standards Next Generation Science Standards Deeper Learning School Leadership Connections (a combination of two or three of […]

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For Immediate Release Contact: Sharon Cannon, (703) 740-4824, communications@nasbe.org NASBE Executive Director: Chairman Wheeler’s E-Rate Proposal a Critical Investment in Education Broadband Washington, DC—The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) issued the following statement on the E-rate proposal outlined today by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler: “Achieving educational equity and excellence […]

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October 23, 2014 Lord Selected to Lead National Association Arlington, VA — Mary Lord, vice president of the D.C. State Board of Education, was chosen to serve as president of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) in 2015 at its Annual Conference this month in Denver.  She has served as the association’s […]

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October 23, 2014 For Immediate Release: October 23, 2014 Contact: Sharon Cannon, (703) 740-4824, communications@nasbe.org McNiece Selected to Lead National Association Arlington, VA — James McNiece, a member of the Kansas State Board of Education and resident of Wichita, was chosen this month to be president-elect of the National Association of State Boards of Education […]

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For Immediate Release: October 24, 2014 Contact: Dr. Richard Zeile (DrZeile@Juno.com 313.802.1146) Sharon Cannon, (703) 740-4824, communications@nasbe.org   State Board Treasurer Zeile Elected to NASBE Board of Directors  At their annual meeting, held this month in Denver’s Westminster Westin Hotel, the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) elected Dr. Richard Zeile to their […]

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October 23, 2014 For Immediate Release: October 23, 2014 Contact: Sharon Cannon, (703) 740-4824, communications@nasbe.org   Sidhu Elected to Board of National Association  Arlington, VA — Madhu Sidhu, a member of the Maryland State Board of Education since 2009, was elected as Southern Area Director of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) […]

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   NASBE Members Learn from Leaders at Annual Conference   DENVER—Oct. 17, 2014—Inspiring words, backed up with examples of strong action, took center stage today at the National Association of State Boards of Education annual conference. Aneesh Chopra, the first U.S. chief technology officer, implored state board members to “liberate the data” created in education […]

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State Education Leaders Look to Peers for Help Navigating Tough Issues at Start of NASBE Annual Conference   DENVER—Oct. 16, 2014—The largest annual gathering of members of state education boards began three days of meetings discussing everything from Common Core State Standards to health policies. One expert described it as a year of “major transitions” […]

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October 23, 2014 For Immediate Release: October 23, 2014 Contact: Sharon Cannon, (703) 740-4824, communications@nasbe.org Dr. Henry Elected to Board of National Association Arlington, VA —Samuel Henry, a member of the Oregon State Board of Education since 2010, was elected as Western Area Director of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) this […]

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For Immediate Release: September 3, 2014 Contact: Renée Rybak Lang, reneerl@nasbe.org, 703-740-4841 NASBE Names Francis Eberle as Deputy Executive Director Arlington, VA – The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is pleased to announce Francis Eberle has been named as the organization’s deputy executive director. Eberle is being promoted from within the organization, […]

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For Immediate Release: August 13, 2014 Contact: Renée Rybak Lang, reneerl@nasbe.org, 703-740-4841 NASBE Brings on Robert Hull to Direct College, Career, and Civic Readiness Work Arlington, VA – The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is pleased to announce Robert Hull has joined as director of the organization’s college, career, and civic readiness […]

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For Immediate Release: July 31, 2014 Contact: Renee Rybak Lang, reneerl@nasbe.org, 703.740.4841 Three New NASBE Resources Help State Boards Craft Better Policies to Leverage Blended Learning Innovations Arlington, Va. — Blended learning, an innovative, personalized education model that combines online learning with traditional instruction is gaining interest across the country. The goal is simple: accelerate student […]

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For Immediate Release: July 29, 2014 Contact: Renée Rybak Lang, 703.740.4841, reneerl@nasbe.org  NASBE Awards Grant to West Virginia to Promote School Climate and Safety    Arlington, Va. — The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) has awarded a $5,000 grant to the West Virginia Board of Education to support efforts that strengthen its […]

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For Immediate Release: July 23, 2014 Contact: Renée Rybak Lang, 703.740.4841, reneerl@nasbe.org Arlington, Va. — Open Society Institute-Baltimore, and its director, Diana Morris, are being honored this year by NASBE’s Board of Directors with the organization’s 2014 Friend of Education Award. The national award is given annually to an individual or organization whose contributions to education […]

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For Immediate Release: July 22, 2014 Contact: Renée Rybak Lang, 703.740.4841, reneerl@nasbe.org Arlington, Va. — The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is pleased to announce that state education leaders from Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Illinois will be awarded NASBE’s 2014 Distinguished Service Award. The national award is given annually to state board […]

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For Immediate Release: July 22, 2014 Contact: Renée Rybak Lang, 703.740.4841, reneerl@nasbe.org Arlington, Va. – Terry Holliday, Kentucky’s highly-regarded commissioner of education, has been named the 2014 Policy Leader of the Year by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). The honor is given annually to a national or state policymaker in recognition […]

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For Immediate Release: July 11, 2014 Contact: Renée Rybak Lang, reneerl@nasbe.org, 703-740-4841 NASBE Praises FCC’s Push to Ensure E-Rate Funding to Connect Classrooms Across the Country Arlington, Va. – National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) Executive Director Kristen Amundson today praised the FCC for establishing meaningful new broadband goals for the nation’s schools and for ensuring […]

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For Immediate Release: June 30, 2014 Contact: Renée Rybak Lang, 703.740.4841, reneerl@nasbe.org  Arlington, VA — The National Association of State Boards of Education is deeply concerned about the inaccuracies in a story written by an intern at National Review Online and published without any effort to contact our organization. The story, “Was Oklahoma’s Repeal of […]

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For Immediate Release: June 4, 2014 Contact: Renée Rybak Lang, 703.740.4841, reneerl@nasbe.org Arlington, Va. — The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) has awarded grants to two state boards of education — Oregon and Virginia — to strengthen their capacity to adopt and implement policies that promote positive school discipline and limit punitive and […]

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For Immediate Release: May 21, 2014 Contact: Renee Rybak Lang, reneerl@nasbe.org, 703.740.4841 Arlington, Va. – Across the country, millions of children attend public school every year. Their parents likely went to public school too, as do the vast majority of Americans. But attending public school, or even working in education, isn’t the same as knowing […]

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For Immediate Release: April 14, 2014 Contact: Renée Rybak Lang, 703.740.4841, reneerl@nasbe.org Arlington, Va. — The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) has awarded stipends to six state and territorial boards of education — Delaware, the District of Columbia, Guam, Kentucky, Maine, and West Virginia — to advance state education reform work in […]

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For Immediate Release Contact: Renée Rybak Lang, reneerl@nasbe.org, 703-740-4841 Arlington, VA – Today, we expect our students to be ready for the 21st century. Now more than ever, they are asked to learn more, to master new technology, and to apply what they have learned. These skills, including critical thinking and problem solving, effective communication, collaboration, […]

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Arlington, VA – The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is pleased to announce Renée Rybak Lang has joined the organization as communications director. Before coming to NASBE, Lang was communications manager of Education Sector, an independent education think tank that recently merged with the American Institutes for Research. Lang has worked in […]

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New issue of “From Practice to Policy” looks at how one state is tackling comprehensive planning  Arlington, VA — In the year since the incomprehensible tragedy at an elementary school in Sandy Hook, CT, lawmakers, policymakers, and parents have searched for ways to make schools safer, yet there has been little consensus. But one state—Delaware—has […]

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Arlington, VA — An estimated 4 to 6 percent of American children have food allergies, and many of these children will have a severe allergic reaction while at school. Tragically, every year some of these reactions are fatal. It then stands to reason that the calls for comprehensive school policies to mitigate severe allergic reactions […]

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‘From Practice to Policy’ brief offers deeper understanding of SEL and its implications student achievement and for policymaking  Arlington, Va. — The recognized need for public schools to support students in areas beyond academics is not new, but recent developments in social-emotional learning (SEL) go beyond what has come before—and are starting to show improvements […]

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Partnership with Special Olympics Examines Need for Expanded Opportunities in Classrooms and on Playing Fields Arlington, VA — Much has changed in the 37 years since Congress first guaranteed access to a free and appropriate education for disabled students, as the methods and practices of educating special needs children are continually evolving as evidence and […]

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Arlington, VA — Mary Lord, a member of the District of Columbia State Board of Education, was voted president-elect of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). Lord will begin her term of office as president-elect in January 2014 and then serve as president of the association in 2015. The membership also elected […]

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Arlington, VA — Even as most states work hard to implement the Common Core State Standards in math and English language arts, much remains to be done in the way of aligned assessments, educator support, and continued evaluation of the standards’ broader impact on other policies. The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) […]

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Arlington, Va. — Michael Flanagan, superintendent of the Michigan Department of Education and chair of the state board of education, is being awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). The national award is given annually to a NASBE member in recognition of outstanding service to public education. […]

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Arlington, Va. — Gov. James B. Hunt, former Governor of North Carolina and chairman of the  of the James B. Hunt, Jr., Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy, has been named the Policy Leader of the Year by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). The honor is annually given to a national […]

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Arlington, VA — Brenda Lilienthal Welburn, the National Association of State Boards of Education’s (NASBE) long-time executive director, is being honored this year by the organizations Board of directors with the association’s Friend of Education Award. The national award is given annually to an individual or organization whose contributions to education are significant and enduring. […]

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Arlington, Va. — The board of directors of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is proud to announce Kristen Amundson as NASBE’s next executive director. Amundson, presently the Senior Vice President for External Affairs at the nonpartisan education think tank Education Sector, starts her tenure at NASBE July 8. “I look forward […]

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Arlington, VA — The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) awarded grants to three state boards of education to revise and implement new state student discipline policies that limit the use of out-of-school punishments. The grant awards will support policy efforts in Georgia, Michigan, and West Virginia through early 2014. The grants are […]

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NASBE joined eight other health and education organizations, led by the American Lung Association, to issue a joint statement on improving asthma management in schools. NASBE has long supported the need for clean air in schools in the belief that students cannot succeed in school if they are continually absent due to illness. According to […]

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Arlington, VA — A statement by Bradley Hull, Interim Executive Director of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), on the release of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): “NASBE supports the independent development of rigorous standards to help students better become college-, career- and civic-ready. Our NGSS initiative is designed to help […]

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Arlington, VA — A rapidly changing world necessitates education adapt at an equally swift pace, as students need to be equipped with an ever-broadening knowledge base to prepare them for their post-K-12 lives. The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is embarking on an effort to go beyond policies that expand the breadth […]

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Arlington, VA — U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan spent an unprecedented hour responding to questions from state board of education members on issues ranging from waivers and sequestration to the Department’s use of competitive grants. The discussion took place last Friday, March 15 as part of NASBE’s Annual Legislative Policy Forum. Presiding with Duncan were […]

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National Association of State Boards of Education and Hope Street Group partner to develop online toolkit, best practices on CCSS implementation (March 6, 2013) – Hope Street Group and the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) have released a Common Core Playbook-Toolkit that both offers specific recommendations for state boards of education and […]

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Arlington, VA — As states work to implement new math and English standards, policymakers from 26 lead state partners are participating in the development of the voluntary Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for K-12 education, which are now nearing completion. The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is embarking on a yearlong initiative […]

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Arlington, VA — A statement by Patrick A. Guida, President of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), on President Barack Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address: “It was gratifying to hear the President stress the desire of the Administration to work with states in growing preschool programs nationwide. NASBE members recognize […]

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Arlington, VA —A growing debate over school discipline has led many educators and policymakers to question the value of punishments involving out-of-school suspensions and the existence of zero-tolerance policies. To help state education leaders address these issues, the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is partnering with Atlantic Philanthropies on a two-year, $300,000 […]

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Arlington, VA — The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released the proposed rule for competitive food standards as required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School are part of a package designed to ensure students have healthy […]

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The Board of Directors of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) has accepted the resignation of NASBE Executive Director Jim Kohlmoos, effective March 1, 2013. “It has been a great honor for me to serve as executive director,” Kohlmoos said. “I have greatly appreciated the opportunity to work with so many dedicated […]

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Arlington, VA — The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is collaborating with the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) to create an online arts education resource designed to help state boards of education develop evidence-based policy. NASBE will base the new web portal on AEP’s Arts Education State Policy Database and ArtsEdSearch, through which […]

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Arlington, VA — A statement by Jim Kohlmoos, Executive Director of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), on today’s tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut: “At NASBE, our hearts are breaking with the news from Connecticut today, and our deepest sympathies, and I know those of state board members around […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                          CONTACT:    Steve Berlin December 10, 2012                                                                        703-684-4000, ext. 1118 Arlington, VA — With the rise in reported […]

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New Chapter of Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn Series Centered on Creating Safe School Environments

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                         CONTACT: Steve Berlin November 15, 2012                     […]

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Arlington, VA — Jane Goff, a member of the Colorado State Board of Education, was voted president-elect of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). Goff will begin her term of office as president-elect in January 2013 and then serve as president of the association in 2014. The membership also elected five other […]

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Arlington, VA — The Skillman Foundation, based in Detroit, MI is being honored with the National Association of State Boards of Education’s (NASBE) Friend of Education Award. The national award is given annually to an individual or organization whose contributions to education are significant and enduring. “Schools and educators play important roles in helping children […]

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Three Longtime State Education Leaders Receive National Honor  Arlington, Va. — State education leaders from Maine, Michigan, and Missouri are the recipients of the 2012 Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). The national award is given annually to state board of education members in recognition of outstanding service […]

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Arlington, Va. — Gov. Gaston Caperton, former governor of West Virginia and retiring president of the College Board, has been named the Policy Leader of the Year by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). The honor is annually given to a national or state policymaker in recognition of their contributions to education. […]

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Latest Issue of NASBE’s State Education Standard Examines the Common Core Standards from Origin to Execution With Implementation of the New Standards, the Hard Work Begins Arlington, VA — The Common Core State Standards have been approved in most states for more than a year now, but the adoption was the “easy” part. The hard […]

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Arlington, Va. — The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) awarded grants to seven state boards of education to develop and implement policies to improve school nutrition. Connecticut, Ohio, and West Virginia will each receive $15,000 over three-years, while Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan, and North Carolina will each receive $6,000, two-year awards to continue […]

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Arlington, Va. — The National Association of State Boards of Education named David Kysilko the organization’s first Chief Knowledge Officer. Kysilko has been NASBE’s Director of Publications for 20 years and is founder and editor of NASBE’s journal, The State Education Standard, as well as many other association publications. In his new role, Kysilko will […]

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Arlington, VA — Jim Kohlmoos, executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), will serve on the new Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting to help raise the bar for teacher preparation. The Commission was created by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the new accrediting body formed through […]

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Healthy Learning Environments are Paramount in ‘Green Cleaning’ Issue of NASBE’s State Education Standard Arlington, VA — At a time when the number of students with asthma has reached new highs—and when states and districts are increasingly focused on the importance of maximum attendance—the emergence of new, greener products and processes for cleaning schools is […]

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Arlington, VA — A statement by Jim Kohlmoos, Executive Director of the National Association of State Boards of Education, on the release of President Obama’s FY’13 budget proposal: “It is always gratifying to see such great emphasis placed on public education in an Administration’s budget—especially now, when states are struggling to balance their own budgets. But […]

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Arlington, VA — A statement by Jim Kohlmoos, Executive Director of the National Association of State Boards of Education, on the announcement that Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Tennessee were granted waivers from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB): “States and state boards of education are at […]

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Arlington, VA — A statement by Jim Kohlmoos on the start of his career as Executive Director of the National Association of State Boards of Education: “I am excited about stepping into my new role as NASBE’s Executive Director, and grateful to my predecessor, Brenda Welburn, for the legacy of excellence she left behind. From that […]

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Arlington, Va. — The board of directors of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is proud to announce Jim Kohlmoos as NASBE’s next executive director. Kohlmoos, presently the president and CEO of the Knowledge Alliance, will succeed the retiring Brenda Welburn Feb. 2, 2012. “I am honored to have been selected by the […]

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PRESIDENT-ELECT AND DIRECTORS SELECTED FOR NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE BOARDS OF EDUCATION Arlington, VA — Patrick Guida, vice chairman of the Rhode Island Board of Regents of Elementary and Secondary Education, was voted president-elect of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). Guida will begin his term of office as president-elect in January 2012 […]

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Arlington, Va. — Teachers have lately fallen under the national microscope far more than any other aspect of public schooling. The convergence of sluggish growth in student achievement, high turnover in the ranks of teachers, continuing achievement gaps, and state and federal actions that have zeroed in on the capacity of the current education system have […]

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Arlington, VA — A statement by Gayle Manchin, President of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), on President Barack Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address: “We are pleased education was a significant piece of President Obama’s State of the Union address last night. It is important to keep the focus on education […]

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Arlington, VA — State education leaders from Illinois and Maine are the recipients of the 2011 Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). The national award is given annually to state board of education members in recognition of outstanding service to public education. “Through their continued diligence and devotion to […]

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Alexandria, VA —Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, is being honored with the National Association of State Boards of Education’s (NASBE) Friend of Education Award. The national award is given annually to an individual or organization whose contributions to education are significant and enduring. “As governor, Bob […]

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Arlington, Va. — Gen. Colin Powell, U.S. Army (ret.) and Alma Powell, the founding and current chairs of the America’s Promise Alliance, respectively were named the Policy Leaders of the Year by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). The honor is annually given to a national or state policymaker in recognition of their […]

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Arlington, VA— Brenda Welburn, executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education, joined a panel of education leaders that this week called on Congress to pass a comprehensive Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) with strong commitments to early childhood (pre-K-3) education. The panel members announced their call to action at the […]

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NASBE WELCOMES FLEXIBILITY FOR STATES PURSUING COLLEGE- AND CAREER- READY AGENDA; CALLS FOR COMPREHENSIVE ESEA REAUTHORIZATION Arlington, VA — The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) welcomed the Administration’s announcement it will waive key requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), but also repeated its call for comprehensive reform through legislation […]

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NASBE and CDC Renew Joint Efforts to Enhance School Health and Education Policy Arlington, VA — The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced they will continue their 25-year partnership in working toward effective health policy and education for American schools. The CDC awarded […]

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Clarification of NASBE Position on New Funding for Education Arlington, VA — Brenda Welburn, executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education, issued the following in response to President Obama’s proposed American Jobs Act: “Recognizing that education is a vital component of the U.S. economy, NASBE believes any jobs proposal should include […]

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Arlington, VA — The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is teaming with the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) to support First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign by creating voluntary standards for health-conscious examples across academic curricula in all instructional materials. Nearly one-third of all American children and […]

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The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) has a 50 year history of supporting State Boards of Education. The organization has grown over the years to its current staff of 20 employees; however, its mission continues to focus on strengthening State Boards as the preeminent educational policymaking bodies for students and citizens. How Does […]

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U.S. Army and the National Association of State Boards of Education Team Up To Launch New Leadership Development and Academic Achievement Program Project PASS will Support Middle and High School Students Radcliff, KY – Hardin County Schools are pleased to join the United States Army and the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) in the launch of […]

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Hardin County, KY – Schools hosted the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) and the United States Army in the national launch of a new pilot program aimed at developing leadership and academic skills for middle school and high school students. The county joins five other school districts, including Christian County, KY; Miami-Dade, […]

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Arlington, VA— The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) welcomes the findings and conclusions in the new survey released today by the Data Quality Campaign (DQC). The DQC report is an honest assessment of the progress that has been made in promoting data-based decision making, while outlining areas for improvement. NASBE looks forward […]

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NASBE SEES COMMON CORE STANDARDS AS MAJOR ADVANCE IN PUBLIC EDUCATION Arlington, VA — The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) supports the Common Core Standards being released today as a major step toward elevating the expectations for every student and looks forward to assisting state boards in this effort. NASBE is proud […]

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Arlington, VA. — The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) will host state board of education members from across the country at a series of regional meetings to discuss the contents and future of Common Core Standards in math and English Language Arts for K-12 education. The meetings are being made possible by […]

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