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 487,000 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.

IASB Analysis of Governor's School Aid Recommendation

SSB 1022 Analysis: A summary of the governor's education reform bill.

Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) December 2022 Meeting Analysis: A breakdown of the REC's most recent estimates that will be used when the governor makes her budget recommendations and the legislature sets the budget during the upcoming legislative session.

ADVOCACY IN ACTION

Keep up-to-date with all the action during the legislative session. Get a weekly Under the Golden Dome update, read bill summaries, and learn which advocacy action you should take each week.

Advocacy 101

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

Find your legislators by entering your address. Use the "School District" tab to find all the legislators that represent your district.

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New Podcast Episode Available

Listen to the latest episode of IASB's BoardCast podcast to hear Michelle Johnson and Emily Piper as they discuss the first funnel of the 2023 legislative session.
 

Legislative Resolutions Committee 

Learn more about IASB's Legislative Resolutions Committee (LRC) and their role in helping to set our legislative platform.

 

 

2022 Legislative Summary 

Read a comprehensive summary of the 2022 legislative session with bill summaries and a full breakdown of appropriations impacting schools.
 

 

 

ISSUE TOOLKITS

IASB has developed these resources to assist members with district-specific information related to current legislative issues.
 
District Cost Per Pupil Toolkit icon
 This toolkit provides resources to demonstrate the importance of early literacy in future achievement for students.

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Graphic: Teacher Workforce (Apple)
 

This toolkit provides information on addressing the teacher shortage by helping to recruit and retain high-quality educators.

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English Learners Funding Toolkit icon
 

This toolkit provides information on innovative programming at public schools that provides engaging educational experiences for all students.

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Graphic: Mental Health (Head with Gears)
 
Use this toolkit to find resources to ensure the mental health needs of students and staff are met in your district.

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Graphic: School Safety (Lock)
 Find resources on all facets of school safety, including physical safety measures in and around schools, violence prevention programs, and addressing student behavior.

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Supplemental State Aid Toolkit icon
 
Use the SSA toolkit to help you talk to your legislators about the importance of setting a state aid rate that allows you to meet your district's needs and provide competitive wages for teachers and staff.

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