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 483,000 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.


 Registration is now open for the 2018 Delegate Assembly! Note that a member board, in good standing with IASB, may only appoint one board member delegate.

Learn where Iowa Candidates for Governor Stand on Public Education Issues

Where do Iowa gubernatorial candidates stand on issues affecting public education? This year IASB continues a long-standing tradition of interviewing each major party candidate and distributing their responses. The videos are intended to give our members specific insight into the leadership views of each candidate, as well as offering you a way to widely share those views with your staff and community. While IASB does not take a position or endorse a candidate, we do care about helping our members make your own informed decisions.
The interviews were conducted August 23 by IASB’s Legislative Resolutions Committee at the IASB office in Des Moines. Each candidate was provided the questions in advance and given equitable time to respond to the questions. We would like to sincerely thank both gubernatorial candidates for accepting the invitation and taking time out of their busy campaign schedules to take part.

The videos are organized according to education topic. Each video opens with the question on the screen at the beginning, followed by the candidate's answer. Transcriptions are included within the description of each video. 

Equitable School Funding
Mental Health Issues
Rural Sustainability
SAVE Extension
Supplemental State Aid (SSA)
AEA Funding

Choose your priorities and fill out the survey today!

Your Guide to the 2018 Legislative Recess (PDF)

IASB Grassroots Advocacy Network (external link)
Learn more about the network and how to join.

Legislature Look up (external link)

Advocacy 101

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

Action Advocacy Webinars

As school board members, you need to be prepared with up-to-the-minute legislative information and equipped with best practices on advocating for your district. This new webinar series will focus on a specific topic to maximize your advocacy efforts.

Day on the hill

IASB’s annual Day on the Hill gives attendees an opportunity to meet with their local legislators to discuss legislative issues impacting public education, network with education leaders from across the state, and learn new advocacy strategies. Check out photos of public school advocates at the Capitol. 

Issue Toolkits

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

Items in the State Penny Sales Tax for School Infrastructure (SAVE) toolkit can be used to help craft your own message when communicating the importance of SAVE to the legislators that represent your school district.

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Use the SSA toolkit to help you talk to your legislators about the importance of setting a state aid rate as it allows your district to plan for the future.

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The District Cost Per Pupil (DCPP) toolkit provides details on the amount of per pupil funding that generates spending authority and revenue for the regular program and other programs for all school districts.

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The transportation toolkit provides information to help in advocating for changes that will create more equity in school transportation funding without impacting educational programs.

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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) toolkit provides a timeline of the transition and an overview to help school board members understand the ESSA's impact on public education.

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The ESA toolkit provides resources to help spread awareness about the negative impact of ESAs.

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