Tuesday, February 3, 2015

VSBA goes to Washington!

For the past three days, 25 of your school board colleagues participated in NSBA’s 2015 Advocacy Institute. While at the Advocacy Institute they gained knowledge on how to be an effective advocate from legal, legislative, and public advocacy experts and received an update on federal legislation moving through Congress. Armed with expert information, your school board colleagues met with members of the Virginia Congressional delegation including Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, and Representatives Bobby Scott, Rob Wittman, Bob Goodlatte, Robert Hurt, and Dave Brat. These successful meetings allowed us to share our thoughts and stories on ESEA reauthorization, IDEA funding, sequestration, and reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. All of the members of our Congressional delegation were receptive to our message of increase local control and flexibility. 

Thank you to all of those board members who participated in the 2015 Advocacy Institute and Day on the Hill. Your voice and your stories make a difference! VSBA looks forward to continuing to work with all of our board members and members of Congress to ensure a robust public education system for the Commonwealth.

VSBA members meet with Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. 

VSBA members meet with Representative Bobby Scott (VA-03) who serves as the Ranking Member on the House Education and Workforce Committee. 

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine show their support for NSBA's "Stand Up 4 Public Education" campaign.