ADVOCACY CENTER: Be a Voice for Iowa Public Schools

The need for advocacy on behalf of Iowa public schools has never been greater. The decisions made by the Iowa General Assembly and at the national level impact your school district and the education of Iowa's 476,00 public school students. As our state strives to implement far-ranging educational reforms, with limited resources--we must stand together. IASB is here is help you be a strong and effective voice for public education with our grassroots network, advocacy toolkits, powerful coalitions with other education organizations, and engagement in national issues. Together, we can make your message heard on issues that matter for Iowa students.

Iowa School Boards Advocacy Agenda

IASB advocates on behalf of its member boards at the Iowa State Legislature, and at all levels of government, including at the Governor's Office, and at the State Board of Education, as well as in our state and federal courts. In addition, the association provides resources, training and opportunities to Iowa school board members interested in engaging in advocacy on behalf of their districts and Iowa K-12 education at the local, state and national level.

2017 Legislative Platform

2017 Legislative Beliefs
2017 Legislative Resolutions
2017 Legislative Priorities 

Legislative Summary 

Read the Legislative Summary to learn about the issues IASB advocated for during the 2016 Legislative Session. 

Advocacy 101

Learn the tips and tricks to being an effective advocate for Iowa public education. 

Legislative Forums

You don't have to be at the Capitol to advocate. Legislative forums are great opportunities to meet with your legislators in small group settings.

Check out the list of forums happening near you!

Issue Toolkits

IASB has developed these resources for to assist members with district-specific information related to current legislative issues.

Supplemental State Aid
Transportation Funding
State Penny
District Cost Per Pupil

Day on the Hill

Learn more about our annual Day on the Hill event, including highlights from past years and updates for next year's event.

Have you heard about our public education support campaign—The Promise of Iowa? Get involved and show your support for investments in Iowa public schools. Join the campaign today at

ESSA Transition Timetable and FAQ: A Local School Board Primer

NSBA released a transitional timetable and FAQ primer regarding (ESSA) The Every Student Succeeds Act. The document contains a brief analysis of the 114th Congress’s effort to update the antiquated NCLB. This document is only an overview to help local school boards understand the new law’s impact on public education.


Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)