About the National School Boards Association (NSBA)


National School Boards Association's (NSBA) mission is "Working with and through our State Associations, NSBA Advocates for Equity and Excellence in Public Education through School Board Leadership."

Who We Are

Founded in 1940, NSBA is a not-for-profit organization representing state associations of school boards and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the United States, virtually all of whom are elected. These local officials govern more than 13,600 local school districts serving the nation’s 50 million public school students. NSBA achieves that mission by representing the school board perspective in working with federal government agencies and national organizations that impact education, and provides vital information and services to state associations of school boards throughout the nation.

What We Do

NSBA advocates local school boards as the ultimate expression of grassroots democracy. NSBA supports the capacity of each school board, acting on behalf of and in close concert with the people of its community, to envision the future of education in its community, to establish a structure and environment that allow all students to reach their maximum potential, to provide accountability to the community on performance in the schools, and to serve as the key community advocate for children and youth and their public schools.

The association continues to adapt as challenges facing public education and local school governance grow. The New NSBA features a more assertive approach to advocacy in the legislative, legal and public arenas in an effort to shape the debate about public education and to counter the efforts of those who endanger this vital institution.

NSBA's Governance

NSBA policy is determined by a 150-member Delegate Assembly of local school board members who represent their state associations of school boards. The 25-member Board of Directors translates this policy into action. Programs and services are administered by NSBA's Executive Director and a nearly 100-person staff. NSBA’s office is located in Alexandria, Va. in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.

National School Boards Action Center

In 2012, NSBA created the National School Boards Action Center (NSBAC), a 501-c4 organization, to advocate at the federal and national levels for the advancement of public education, local school board leadership, and excellence and equity in our nation’s public schools. To learn more go to www.nsbac.org.

Learning First Alliance

NSBA is a member of the Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of 16 leading education associations with more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America's public schools. LFA shares examples of success, encourage collaboration at every level, and work toward the continual and long-term improvement of public education based on solid research.


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Frequently Asked Questions About School Boards
Local school boards (also known as boards of education, school committees, school directors, or trustees) are elected—or occasionally appointed—to be leaders and champions for public education in their states and communities. The most important responsibility of school boards is to work with their communities to improve student achievement in their local public schools.

National School Boards Association IRS 990 Form
Copy of the National School Boards Association IRS 990 Form for 2011.

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