Individual school boards and school board members provide the policy guidance and direction that informs the WASB’s legislative agenda and legislative advocacy efforts on your behalf. This begins with individual boards adopting resolutions and forwarding them to the WASB.
Each January, during the State Education Convention, a representative (delegate) of each WASB member school board in the state votes on the submitted resolutions in a gathering called the WASB Delegate Assembly. The resolutions adopted by these school board member delegates are the official positions of the WASB and remain in force until amended or repealed. You can find all of these resolutions collected in the 2018 WASB Resolutions Book.
Mostly, these resolutions come from resolution ideas submitted by individual WASB member school boards just like yours. The best way you can get the WASB working on your issue is to offer a board resolution stating what you think our position on the issue should be and why. It can be on literally any relevant topic and can create a new resolution or amend/eliminate existing ones.
We hope your board will consider drafting one or more resolutions on an issue important to your board. When you do, please include a clear, concise rationale to explain the intent of your resolution.
These board resolutions are due by Sept. 15.
Once these resolution ideas are submitted, the WASB Policy and Resolutions Committee, comprised of about 25 school board members appointed each year from across the state, evaluates them and determines which ones will advance to the Delegate Assembly in January. Often, the committee will suggest a modification. While the committee has a strong say, it doesn’t have the final say; board member delegates do. That’s because resolutions turned down by the committee are still afforded an opportunity to be brought to the Delegate Assembly floor.
As mentioned, the 2018 Resolutions Book is now posted online. Its contents and index have been updated to include actions by the January 2018 Delegate Assembly. Printed hard copies of the book were mailed to each school board president, school district administrator and CESA administrator in early July.
We suggest that your board take some time to review the book to see if there are issue items that either aren’t covered by an existing resolution or that your board feels differently about. If so, bring them forward so we can discuss and debate them. That debate and discussion is what keeps the resolution process member-driven and gives every board an opportunity to put its imprint on the WASB.
Watch for posts here on the Legislative Update for more specifics on the resolutions submitted by the Sept. 15 deadline.