Individual member school boards provide the policy guidance and direction that informs the WASB’s legislative agenda and legislative advocacy efforts on your behalf. Boards initiate this process by adopting resolutions and submitting them to the WASB.
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.
The deadline for submitting board resolutions to WASB is Sept. 15. WASB provides a fillable PDF form and instructions for submitting your board’s resolution.
Copies of the Resolutions Adopted by Delegate Assemblies book, containing all the WASB resolutions adopted throughout the years and in effect for 2019, have been mailed to all school board presidents and district administrators earlier this summer.
We suggest that your board take some time to review the book to see if there are issues that either aren’t addressed by an existing resolution or there is a resolution that you feel needs to be changed or repealed. We hope you will consider drafting one or more resolutions on issues important to your district. When you do, please include a clear, concise rationale to explain the intent of your resolution.
WASB Resolution Process
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by these school board member delegates are the official positions of the WASB and remain in force until amended or repealed.
Mostly, these resolutions come from resolution ideas submitted by individual WASB member school boards just like yours.
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.