Hello from The 68th NSBA conference

This week March 28th to April 1, about 60 Delaware board members are attending the annual conference in Orlando, Florida. This year I had the opportunity to represent the Delaware School Boards Association as its President. One thing I attended on Friday was the Delegate assembly where representatives from all states and the Virgin Islands help set the focus and priorities for the 2008-2009 NSBA organization. Following general reports the group approved several new policies and resolutions which drive the national voice of NSBA. Two of the resolutions that I thought were interesting in that they had less then expected passage numbers or resulted in some “heated” discussions. First, a vouchers/tuition tax credit resolution stated the NSBA urged Congress to oppose any efforts to subsidize tuition or expenses at elem or second private,religious, or home schools with tax dollars. It passed the assembly 97% to 3% which most would have expected 100% support! The second which caused some comments was a voluntary academics standards resolution which was first defeated as the wording did not give a clear strong message. In the end the wording came down to NSBA opposes federal legislation that: a-mandates or coerces states to adopt specific standards or assessments; and/or b-penalizes states that do not wish to adopt specific standards or assessments. The final version passed the assembly I believe above 90%. The last order of business for the day was installing new officers for NSBA, and those would be Barbara Bolas(Pa) as president; Sonny Savoie (La) for president-elect; and lastly, Earl Rickman (MI) as secretary-treasurer. A long day in all, but seeing the national assembly was awesome.

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About Gary M Wolfe

The Author spent 10 years as a member of the Milford Delaware Board Of Education, and is currently seeking the 18th Senatorial seat in the Delaware Legislature.
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