Advocacy in Action

This is your home for all things advocacy. Stay up to date on the legislative session by watching a weekly update with Emily Piper from the capitol, read bill summaries and then take action.

Bills on the Move

Governance
SSB 3018 – Department of Education Technical Correction
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Passed Senate Education committee

SSB 3020 – Adding Suicide Hotline to Student ID Cards
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Passed Senate Education committee

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Advocacy Action of the Week

The House and the Senate are closer to agreeing on the school aid package (SSA, transportation, cost per pupil) and it is our hope that one or both chambers will announce their decision next week. In the interim, contact your legislators and talk to them about how knowing the SSA number helps you plan budgets and staffing needs.

The governor has requested an SSA rate of 2.5% so urge legislators to quickly approve the governor’s request along with the transportation funding and an increase in the cost per pupil amount.

As always, thank legislators for their service and remind them you are a resource on education issues. If you are planning to attend the IASB Day on the Hill on Jan. 28, let them know so they can set aside time to meet with you.

If you need help on what a 2.5% SSA rate increase would mean for your district or have questions on the transportation or cost per pupil increase, please check out our funding tools on the Advocacy page. This is great information to share with your legislators!

Events

Day on the Hill
Jan. 28, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Des Moines Botanical Garden & Iowa Capitol
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  • Governor Kim Reynolds will give an update on her education priorities for the 2020 legislative session
  • Confirmed! Sen. Chris Cournoyer (Vice Chair, Senate Education and former school board president) and Rep. Ras Smith (Ranking Member, House Education) will give their perspective on education related issues and what school board members can expect this session
  • Update on the state of the budget as well as hot topic school finance issues
  • Get an up-to-the-minute report on key issues
  • Hone your advocacy skills and talking points to use with your elected officials

Podcast

Capitol Chats: Across the Aisle with IASB
Our newest episode features a breakdown of Gov. Reynolds' Condition of the State address.