Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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

School board members and administrators from 17 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 January 27-29.

The event aims to assist participants in developing effective advocacy strategies to engage policy makers and champion the interests of local public schools. Programming 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.

“Education here in Illinois is impacted by many important discussions underway at the national level,” said IASB Governmental Relations Director Susan Hilton. “This advocacy event gives us the opportunity for our local school district leaders to share how the decisions made in Washington impact what is going on in our local schools.”

Thirty-four board members and superintendents will be representing Illinois from the following districts: Aptakisic-Tripp CCSD 102, Bourbonnais SD 53, Calumet Public SD 132, Country Club Hills SD 160, Dolton SD 148, Elem SD 159, Glenview CCSD 34, Lake Forest SD 67, Lake Forest CHSD 115, Lake Villa CCSD 41, Lincoln Elem SD 156, Matteson ESD 159, Mattoon CUSD 2, Morton CUSD 709, Northern Suburban Special Ed District, Wheeling CCSD 21, Woodland CCSD 50.

IASB will send officers and staff, including President Joanne Osmond, Vice President Thomas Neeley, Past President Phil Pritzker, Executive Director Thomas Bertrand, 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.