Virtual Lobby Days

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we do just about everything, including how we personally interact with legislators. This means our annual Day on the Hill will also look different. Starting in January, IASB will host four issue-based webinars around our priority issues. Please check The Learning Hub to register for those.

What is a virtual lobby day?

A virtual lobby day is when school board members and administrators from across the state come together to reach out to their legislators on a specific topic. The goal is to create the same kind of impression we do when we go to the Capitol as part of our Day on the Hill. Like the webinars, there will be a virtual lobby day for each of the IASB priorities. On the designated day, you will be asked to reach out to your legislators via phone or email to communicate with them on a priority issue.  

Supplemental State Aid (SSA) & School funding Policy

When: January 21, 2021

How:
 Email your legislators using our Legislator Look-Up.

What You Can Do: Contact the legislators who represent your school district. Ask them to set SSA within the 30 days outlined in law and for the highest amount possible. The legislature should continue its investment in transportation equity and continue the progress made last year by again decreasing the district cost per pupil gap by $10 per student. Districts are facing big financial pressures, so it is imperative the legislature fund schools at a rate that allows them to provide high-quality programming and have resources to cover additional expenditures incurred because of the pandemic.

Make your case by explaining what financial pressures you are seeing, including:
  • How did the school closures last spring impact student achievement?
  • How has your budget has been impacted by the pandemic?
  • Talk about the additional expenses your districts incurred to make your schools safe for in-person instruction.
  • Explain how a decline in enrollment will have significant impacts on future budgets.
  • What have you used relief funds for?
  • What does your district need to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for students?
 
Post on Social Media: Use the hashtag #IASBLobbyDay when you make a post on any social media. Let friends and legislators know you care about public education!

Questions?

Contact IASB Lobbyist Emily Piper at epiper@ia-sb.org or Government Relations Director Phil Jeneary at pjeneary@ia-sb.org.

Virtual Lobby Day Dates

Mark your calendars! Save some time on these dates to safely lobby your legislators on IASB's priorities. Watch your email for more information.

Jan. 21: Supplemental State Aid (SSA) & School Funding Policy
Feb. 4: COVID-19 Remediation for Student Achievement
Feb. 11: Mental Health
Feb. 18: Preschool


Virtual Lobby Day participants earn
5 Better Boardsmanship credits!


Learn more about
Better Boardsmanship Awards