Advocacy goes beyond supporting or opposing a position. What is far more important is speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Alabama's school boards are expected to use their voice to translate for state policymakers the diverse needs and challenges of public education in their communities. Local schools and their students and personnel need a board willing to take their concerns and hopes to legislators, congressmen and other officials. These officials want to hear from boards because they know education is such a vital function of state and local governments and because their decisions may impact schools back home in their districts. AASB advocates in two arenas: governmental and legal. Visit StandUp4PublicSchools.org and NSBA.org/getconnected to join the national "army of advocates" and take a stand for public schools.