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The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2018. From a small band of eight state board members who gathered in Miami in 1958 to today’s vibrant national association, NASBE has been a strong partner to the citizen leaders who serve on state boards of education. Because state boards of education are public bodies, their history in many ways mirrors the history of education in America. The last 60 years have seen momentous changes—from Brown v. Board of Education through the Every Student Succeeds Act. Through every major change in the education policy landscape during this period, state board members have been the citizen’s voice in education.

This publication looks back at our rich history… and forward to a promising future.


NASBE at 60: State Boards Reflect the History of Public Education in America





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