November 11, 2013--The National School Boards Association (NSBA) has unveiled a new vision statement, elevator speech and guiding principles, important aspects of a unified framework that helps education leaders become better advocates and boosts NSBA's presence as a leading advocate for public education and school board governance. The documents were written by NSBA's Board of Directors to help NSBA members as well as members of the general public advocate effectively for public education. "School boards are different than any other player in the education community," siad NSBA Executive Director Thomas Gentzel. "We are not a special interest, our local school board members are elected officials and they have a responsibility to stand up in the community and say 'here's what we think needs to happen.'"Advocates can use the statement and principles in their messages to Congress and the public, as well as to aggressively pursue NSBA's federal agenda, deal with an emerging environment in Congress, address critical priorities in education and school governance and promote key strengths of NSBA.A comprehensive statement entitled "A School Board Vision for Public Education," lays out the vision and results that public schools shoud achieve. Those include accountability for the success of each child, closing the achievement gap, continuously meeting high expectations for student achievement and community satisfaction and providing a safe learning environment that focuses on individualized instruction and protecting the civil rights of each child. To do this, public schools need capacity to provide effective teachers, technology and other resources; the necessary funding, research and technical assistance to meet the educational demands of a dynamic world; active participation by parents and the community; locally elected school boards who work with the community and educators; and state and federal lawmakers who are committed to public education and the goals of their locals.