Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Illinois school leaders to attend
NSBA Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C.

School board members and administrators from 13 Illinois districts will join with educational leaders from across the country at the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C. from February 4-6.

The event aims to assist participants with developing effective advocacy strategies to engage policy makers and champion the interests of local public schools. Programing includes interactive panel presentations, breakout sessions, nationally recognized speakers, and networking forums to share tips and best practices.

Wrapping up the final day of the Advocacy Institute, attendees will have an opportunity to lobby their own members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Meetings with the Illinois congressional delegation will allow school officials to discuss the direction of public education, the protection of local control, and budgeting decisions that impact the state education system.

“There are a lot of important discussions taking place at the national level that have the potential to impact education here in Illinois,” said IASB Governmental Relations Director Susan Hilton. “This event provides an opportunity for our local school leaders to share how the decisions made in Washington affect what is happening in our local schools.”
Thirty-one board members and superintendents will be representing Illinois from the following districts: Aptakisic-Tripp SD 102, Cairo SD 1, CCSD 168 in Sauk Village, Dolton East SD 149, Dolton-Riverdale SD 148, ESD 158 in Matteson, Lake Forest SD 67, Lincoln ESD 156, West Harvey-Dixmoor SD 147, and Woodland CCSD 50.

IASB will send officers and staff, including President Joanne Osmond, Vice President Thomas Neeley, Past President Phil Pritzker, Executive Director Roger Eddy, Deputy Executive Director Ben Schwarm, and Governmental Relations Director Susan Hilton.

Additional information about the Advocacy Institute, registration, and the event agenda can be found on the NSBA website.