Thursday, January 21, 2016

NSBA Advocacy Institute postponed

The National Association of School Boards has postponed its 2016 Advocacy Institute, due to a severe winter storm predicted for the nation’s capital this weekend. The new dates are June 12-14, 2016.

The Advocacy Institute offers participants the opportunity to become better advocates for their local school districts by developing advocacy strategies on the state and federal levels. The 2016 sessions were scheduled to cover the implications of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), developing talking points for meetings with members of Congress and their staffs, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Title IX applications to transgendered students, and developing a grassroots engagement plan.

Participants were to meet with members of Congress and their staffs to discuss school board issues and priorities. Illinois representatives had scheduled meetings with Senator Mark Kirk, Congressmen Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth), Randy Hultgren (R-Dixon), and Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-Matteson). Additional meetings were planned with staffers for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, and with staff members for Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) and Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton), and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D-Hoffman Estates).

The Illinois contingent was to include, from the IASB Board of Directors, President Phil Pritzker, Vice President Joanne Osmond, and Past President Karen Fisher. Representing IASB were Executive Director Roger Eddy, Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Schwarm, and Director of Governmental Relations Susan Hilton.

School board members scheduled to attend were Kathleen Burley of Community Unit School District 300 (Algonquin); Mable Chapman, Margie Hudson-Walker, and Bonnie Rateree of West Harvey-Dixmoor SD 147; Quinton Foreman, Andrea Kidd, Valencia E. Ross, and Frank Tanniehill of Lincoln Elem SD 156 (Calumet City); Scott Linn of Aptakisic-Tripp CCSD 102 (Deerfield); Robert Moorman of Lake Forest CHSD 115; Janet M. Rogers, Harvey SD 152; and Suzanne Sands of Lake Forest SD 67, along with Michael V. Simeck, superintendent of Lake Forest SD 67 and Lake Forest CHSD 115.

More information about the Advocacy Institute and updates on the rescheduled event can be found on the NSBA website: https://www.nsba.org/events/advocacy-institute.