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The Nebraska Association of School Boards provides services to School Boards to strengthen public education for all Nebraska Children.
NASB is a private, nonprofit organization that serves the needs of Nebraska’s public schools.  Since 1918, NASB has been committed to serving school boards across the state.  Our mission to enhance public education for the children of Nebraska is assembled upon the beliefs that:
  • Every public school board will govern effectively and with integrity.
  • Every public school board member will understand the importance, and emphasize increased student achievement.
  • Every public school board will practice good stewardship of resources


In support of the stated beliefs, NASB provides advocacy, consultation, board development, and training, as well as, district support-service programs for our 262 member school districts and educational service units across the state of Nebraska.  The programs are managed by a professional staff, and governance oversight is carried out by a statewide Board of Directors consisting of 24 school board members elected by their peers.

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School Leaders Discuss School Funding

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A meeting of the minds in Grand Island saw 30+ educational leaders spend the morning with Senator Mike Gloor, Chair of the Revenue Committee, to discuss funding for public education.
The audience was made up of local board members, superintendents and ESU administrators from area districts, as well as members from NASB’s Board of Directors and Legislative Committee.
John Spatz, NASB’s Executive Director kicked off the meeting explaining the need to have school board members and administrators throughout the state involved in the current discussions regarding the funding for public education, specifically as it deals with property taxes.  Spatz stressed that in a state like Nebraska that is “Land Rich and People Poor” there needs to be alternative means and methods of finding a solution that everyone will be able to benefit from, and that a lot of those efforts will likely need to come from collaborative partnerships to maximize our resources.

Every Student Succeeds Act Signed Into Law

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The Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law by President Obama. ESSA is the bipartisan reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965, and restores local control of education and ends common core. The bill ends waivers, the common core mandate, and the federal test-based accountability system. It repeals the adequate yearly progress (AYP) federal accountability system and replaces it with a state-designed accountability system.

“Once again, the Senate has passed significant, bipartisan legislation showing we can come together and get major things done for the American people. Through this bill, control over education decisions will return to parents, teachers, and local school districts who are best equipped to ensure future generations will have the skills they need to succeed. Importantly, the final bill also eliminates the flawed common core mandate. I was also proud to see my local governance amendment incorporated into the final agreement, which will empower local communities, not bureaucrats in Washington, to make the education decisions they see fit for their students.”  
- U.S. 
Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Former President of NASB, whose bipartisan local governance amendment was included in the conference agreement.

“Representing both a rural district in western Nebraska, as well as the state as a whole, I am 
pleased to see this bill be signed into law and give local control back to schools. Senator Fischer’s experience as a school board member serves her well in representing the educational interests of all Nebraska children. Now it is up to us to continue this momentum and implement the processes and procedures for continued excellence and improvement across all districts.”
- Jon Anderjaska, NASB President, Wauneta-Palisade Board of Education

“NSBA applauds lawmakers for restoring local governance and working with our public 
education stakeholders to end the prescriptive requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act – strengthening the ability of states and local school board members to act in the best interests of students, parents, and local communities.”
- Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association

“I am pleased to see that the United States Senate has taken action to approve the Every 
Student Succeeds Act. I am appreciative of the work by Senator Fischer in making this happen so that Nebraska can continue our work on Accountability for a Quality Education System, Today and Tomorrow (AQuESTT) and tailor interventions to address unique local needs of our Nebraska schools so that we can serve every student, every day.”
- Matthew Blomstedt, Nebraska Commissioner of Education

School Board Recognition Week

Governor Ricketts has once again declared January 31 to February 6, 2016 as School Board Recognition Week in Nebraska. Thanks to the 1,700+ volunteers who make up the Board of Education for Nebraska's Public Schools and ESUs.

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Picture L to R: 2015 NASB Officers Linda Richards, Heidi Schutz,
Jon Anderjaska, and Dave Anderson with Governor Pete Ricketts.

Featured Student Artists Across Nebraska

NASB likes to feature student artists from across Nebraska. This art is not only displayed here, but proudly in the hallways throughout our office.

The latest “expo” is from Ms. Wait's 4th Graders at Lincoln Elementary in Beatrice. 

To have your students participate in this program, please contact Lisa Steinkuhler at 800-422-4572 or email NASB will handle the submission of art and proper parental consent forms. The artwork may represent any grade level and must include the student’s name, grade and building. The artwork will be returned upon request.

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Featured Events

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School Board Recognition Week
January 31 - February 6

NAEP - State Convention
February 16-17  |  Kearney

Education Forum: Get Informed!
February 23-24  |  Kearney

President's Retreat
February 28-29  |  Sidney
March 6-7  |  Lincoln

Judge & Jury Workshop
March 15  |  Lincoln
March 22  |  Gering
March 23  |  Kearney

NSBA Conference
April 9-11  |  Boston

Annual Member Golf Outing
June 9  |  Kearney

School Law Seminar
June 9-10  |  Kearney

NSBA Advocacy Institute
June 12-14  |  Washington, DC

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