The ISBA is the voice of school boards with the Indiana General Assembly. We initiate and promote legislation that we feel is important to support K-12 public education and the more than 1 million students in our public schools. Our legislative priorities are gathered by soliciting ideas from board members at regional meetings. Along with the Executive Director, the Legislative Committee then reviews all of the membership’s suggestions and selects items that are important for a majority of school corporations and have a good chance of being legislatively enacted.
During each session of the legislature, the Executive Director and the General Counsel of the Association are present at the State House as registered lobbyists, charged with the responsibility of working toward the passage of the ISBA bills and tracking other K-12 education legislation. The Association prepares a bill-tracking bulletin periodically throughout each legislative session. The bulletin is then emailed to school board members, superintendents, ISBA legislative liaisons and others.
School boards need to have a strong voice in the Indiana General Assembly. Consequently, the ISBA is organizing a “grassroots” legislative program that will connect all school board legislative liaisons across the state. Speaking with one voice will dramatically increase the ISBA’s sphere of influence with the legislature.