Hundreds of school board members from across the country advocated on behalf of their county, local students and schools on Capitol Hill last month. Apple Springs ISD Board Trustee President Audrey Young, used the opportunity to discuss federal and state education issues with US Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), as well as US Representative Kevin Brady. She is currently sharing that information with local trustees and administrators to help improve the district’s operations and understanding of federal law.
Regionally selected Texas school board members traveled to Washington, DC January 29-31, for the National School Boards Association Advocacy Institute: New President. New Congress. New Challenges. At the conference, trustees learned about important federal education issues impacting Texas school districts, such as funding, school nutrition guidelines, career and technical education programs, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
School trustees also heard about education initiatives being considered by senators from US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), and US Senate Committee on Appropriations Member Jon Tester (R-MT). The conference also featured remarks from US House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chair Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), and Committee Member Tim Walberg (R-MI). During the informational sessions available at the conference, Young discussed strategies, current trends, research, and best practices that are positively impacting the educational outcomes of academically and economically disadvantaged students in traditional K-12 public settings with board members across the Nation. See more at: http://www.nsba.org/events/advocacy-institute.
Additionally, Young directly targeted the negative impact of the school voucher/scholarship system on small and rural school districts like those in Trinity County and challenged Senator Cruz with providing a level playing field for ALL schools to function under, including accountability standards and funding programs.