NBO-Makeup  June 9

This workshop is a make-up session for new board members who were unable to attend New Board Orientation during the Annual Convention or who were more recently elected or appointed. Online registration is now open. There is no cost for new board members; however all others must pay a $100 registration fee, which includes lunch.

Advocacy Institute June 12-14

The Advocacy Institute is rescheduled for June 12-14, 2016 because of the severe winter storm in Washington, D.C. All conference registrations from January were rolled over to the June event, but registrants must make their hotel reservations again with NSBA’s housing company to ensure the group rate by clicking here. Visit nsba.org/advocacyinstitute for agenda updates. Registration refund requests must be emailed to registration@nsba.org. Please contact NSBA at 800.950.6722 or registration@nsba.org if you have any other questions or concerns.



SCSBA is making the very unfortunate – but can’t be helped – call to cancel our upcoming 2DAC (Two Days at the Capitol) set for May 11, 2016. The reasons? There may be no legislators for us to lobby, and the meeting venue has no other available dates in May for our event.

Just before adjourning on Thursday, Speaker Jay Lucas announced that the House of Representatives will be taking a furlough during the week of May 9th. While the Senate is scheduled to be in session that week, there is no way to predict what its schedule will be that day or which, if any, committees may be meeting. The Senate typically does not begin its session until 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. This makes for a difficult situation for us to meet with senators during our traditional visits at the State House mid-morning to lunch. Finally, we tried to reschedule the event but unfortunately, the meeting venue was unable to find a date that worked with both the State House and the Capital City Club’s schedules.

If you are registered for the May 11 2DAC, you will receive a full refund. We apologize for this inconvenience, and we thank you for your willingness to stand up for our public schools at the State House.


Lunch and Learn Webinar:
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

On December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) officially became the main federal law supporting K12 public education in the United States. Previously known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the law was supposed to have been reauthorized in 2007. ESSA reaffirms the importance of local governance, protects federal investments for Title I for disadvantaged students, and prevents the diversion of public tax dollars for private use.

  • ESSA webinar (YouTube): overview of the new law and what it will mean for SC schools
  • ESSA PowerPoint (PDF): Dr. Sheila Quinn, Deputy Superintendent, SCDE
  • ESSA PowerPoint (PDF): Kathleen Branch & Deborah Rigsby, NSBA