WSSDA is one of many education stakeholders involved in tracking and contributing to national education policy issues. In addition to getting involved at the state level to inform Washington’s state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act, members from across the state are actively engaged in informing the National School Boards Association with their national policy positions through the Federal Relations Network.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) on December 10, 2015, as the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESSA is anticipated to be fully operational in school year 2017-18.
School directors from each of Washington’s congressional district participate in NSBA’s Federal Relations Network (FRN). An Advocacy Institute is held each winter/spring in Washington, D.C. where FRN members are briefed on NSBA’s legislative priorities and meet with members of Congress. Throughout the year, FRN members support the program via written or phone contact with Washington’s members of Congress.