National School Boards Association

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Full nameNational School Boards Association
Founded1940 (1940)
Office locationAlexandria, VA Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director
CountryUnited States

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is a nonprofit educational organization operating as a federation of state associations of school boards across the United States. Founded in 1940, NSBA represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members. It argues that education is a civil right, and public education is America’s most vital institution.[1]


  • State Association Services – NSBA offers training and resources to State School Board Associations and their executive directors.
  • National Connection – A partnership of state school boards associations and NSBA, National Connection provides nationally developed tools and resources for school boards.
  • Council of School Attorneys (COSA) – COSA provides information and practical legal assistance to more than 3,000 attorneys representing K-12 public school districts and state school boards associations.
  • Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) – CUBE supports urban school boards, fosters effective school district leadership, and addresses the education challenges that exist in US urban centers.
  • Federal Policy Coordinators Network – This network provides members with the latest information and lobbying support on federal education policy.
  • Federal Relations Network (FRN) – FRN is NSBA’s core grassroots network. It provides the opportunity for school board members to engage with their members of Congress.
  • National Black Council (NBC) of School Board Members - NBC promotes equitable education access and opportunities for African-American children through national dialogue on education problems, issues, and concerns in conjunction with NSBA and other national organizations.
  • National Hispanic Council (NHC) of School Board Members – NHC works to promote and advance equal educational opportunities for Hispanic children by Council members becoming actively engaged in national dialogue on educational problems, issues and concerns in conjunction with NSBA and other national organizations.
  • National Caucus of American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) School Board Members – AIAN serves in an advisory capacity to the NSBA in matters affecting NSBA’s policy and program issues. It works to promote quality education for all students with emphasis on the problems and success of the American Indian/Alaska Native student.
  • Technology Leadership Network (TLN) – TLN, founded in 1987, examines the intersection of policy and practice and provides school boards, administrators, and district technology teams with resources and experiences to help them make well-informed technology decisions.
  • NSBAConnect – NSBAConnect is a networking and discussion tool for members to learn more about NSBA’s activities and the work of other school board members.


  1. ^ (nd) About NSBA. Retrieved 6/7/07.

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