Government Affairs

The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) represents state and territorial boards of education, state board attorneys, and state board executive secretaries. State boards of education can be found in 48 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico (see below for governance models). NASBE’s principle objectives include: strengthening state leadership in education policy; promoting excellence in the education of all students; advocation equality of access to educational opportunity; and ensuring continued citizen support for public education.

This site contains several sections and provides valuable information to NASBE’s membership:

  • Bill Watch - contains proposed and enacted federal legislation;
  • Congressional Hearings - contains summaries of past Congressional hearings;
  • Congressional Information - contains information about each cmte and subcmte;
  • Federal Updates - contains timely and accurate information about what is going on in Washington, DC;
  • NASBE Activities - contains summaries of NASBE briefings on the hill, participation in education community forums;
  • U.S. Department of Education Activities - contains information about budget proposals and funding;
  • Advocacy Works - contains information about to effectively communicate with Congress and the media.

NASBE’s intent is to provide timely and accurate education-related information, news, and events as information becomes available from Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and the U.S. Department of Education. Please contact NASBE if you have any comments and/or questions.

2014 NASBE Public Education Positions

Conference Materials

NASBE provides various materials, including workbooks, presentations, and videos, that were distributed at past Legislative Conferences.

Conference Materials

Public Education Positions

NASBE is a policy-driven association. State boards of education are responsible for creating and implementing policy at the state level. According to NASBE Bylaws, there are two means by which the association takes positions on education-related issues of concern at the state and national levels. The first is by a vote of the Board of Directors. The second, outlined here, is by a vote of the Delegate Assembly at NASBE’s Annual Conference. These become NASBE’s Public Education Positions.

NASBE’s Public Education Positions Committee (PEP) takes recommendations for enduring positions from the Board, other committees and study groups, NASBE members (as states or individuals), and NASBE staff. The PEP committee considers these positions and – if it agrees the positions should move forward – edits and adapts them to fit within the full NASBE positions document. The PEP committee then forwards its recommendations to the Delegate Assembly for final action. States can also initiate policy discussions. The Bylaws also makes provisions for states to bring positions that have been rejected by the PEP committee to the floor during the Annual Business Meeting for consideration by the Delegate Assembly.

For 2015, the relevant deadlines for policy changes are:

Date by which states must submit proposed policy changes to the PEP Committee: TBA (around mid-April)

Date by which the PEP Committee must send proposed changes to NASBE positions to the membership: TBA (around mid-August)

Date of the Annual Business Meeting: TBA (around mid-October)

Public Education Positions

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