Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE)


Now accepting proposals for the 2014 CUBE Annual Conference!


The Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) is NSBA’s program supporting urban school boards and fostering effective leadership for excellence and equity in public education, with a specific focus on underrepresented students. CUBE provides educational opportunities that engage urban school districts and district leaders, working through their state school boards association, while addressing challenges in urban centers.

Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) represents more than 100 urban school districts in 35 states, Ontario and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Our member districts educate more than 7.5 million students, in over 12,000 schools, with a collective budget of approximately 99 billion dollars.

CUBE’s mission is to create opportunities for urban school board leaders to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective policy makers and advocates for excellence and equality in public education. CUBE remains committed to closing the achievement and opportunity gaps, and educating students in racially, ethnically, linguistically, and socio-economically diverse settings.

School boards must be members of their state school boards association in good standing to participate in CUBE.

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NSBA, in collaboration with the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign, has created a policy guide for school board members that will help them develop positive alternatives to out-of-school suspension.This policy guide provides information on the adverse impact that out of school suspension has on academic achievement, especially as it relates to students of color and those with disabilities. In addition, the guide provides examples of strategies that school boards have used to promote student growth through positive school discipline reform models.
Read more on addressing the out-of-school suspension crisis here.


He Got Schooled

Director-turned-author M. Night Shyamalan recounts what he discovered about urban school reform

Additional coverage surrounding this issue’s cover story.

Research & Reality

Links to research cited in the Winter 2014 issue...

CUBE Resources

A list of services and benefits that might be of use…


Deborah Keys, Director
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Additional Resources

CUBE Bylaws
Guidelines governing the Council of Urban Boards of Education.

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