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Illinois School Leaders to Lobby Congressional Members at Event in Washington, D.C.

  • Date Posted
    January 20, 2020
  • Category
    News
School board members and administrators from 21 Illinois districts will join fellow educational leaders from across the country at the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C., February 2-4.

The event aims to assist participants with developing effective advocacy strategies to engage policymakers and champion the interests of local public schools. Programming includes interactive panel presentations, breakout sessions, nationally recognized speakers, and networking forums to share tips and best practices.

Concluding the final day of the Advocacy Institute, attendees will have an opportunity to lobby their own members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Meetings with the Illinois congressional delegation will allow school officials to discuss the direction of public education, the protection of local control, and budgeting decisions that impact the state education system.

“A number of important discussions are taking place at the national level that have the potential to impact education here in Illinois,” said IASB Governmental Relations Director Susan Hilton. “This event is an opportunity for our local school leaders to share how the decisions made in Washington affect what is happening in our local school districts.”

IASB will send officers and staff, including President Thomas Neeley, Vice President Simon Kampwerth, Past President Joanne Osmond, Executive Director Tom Bertrand, Deputy Executive Director Ben Schwarm, and Hilton.

Additional information about the Advocacy Institute, registration, and the event agenda can be found on the NSBA website.