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 486,000 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 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.

Position Statement on SF 438, the Education Omnibus Bill

Senate File 438 – Education Omnibus Bill (formerly SSB 1190) contains several changes to existing Code language to offer flexibility to school boards for community decision making, streamline processes, or remove duplicative language or reporting.

IASB is registered in support of the bill. The varied provisions are described in the below position statement, along with IASB’s rationale for support.

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Legislature Look up (external link)

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 from this year's Day on the Hill.  

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 webinar series will focus on a specific topic to maximize your advocacy efforts.

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

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