Be an Advocate
School board members play an invaluable role in their communities. If they take time to build relationships with locally elected and appointed officials, they have an effective voice in public policy that impacts education. 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.
The Alabama Association of School Boards taps into this natural pool of grassroots advocates and mobilizes school boards to express the needs of their students and communities. To ensure members are up to date and informed, AASB asks members to complete their profiles in eMEMBERSHIP and to enter any connections they may have with government officials, state board members and others who influence education policy.
How to Be an Advocate
- Track Bills AASB Supports/Opposes and Contact Legislators
- Tips for Grassroots Advocates
- Contact Elected Officials
- Become Actively Involved
- Participate in Advocacy Day - The AASB Advocacy Day Program provides full-day training during the legislative session to educate school boards about current issues. Earn up to 2 hours of training credit. For more information, contact Advocacy & Legislative.
Meet Our Advocates
- Advocacy Program - School board members serve as a reliable resource to state government officials on education policy and legislative issues. To participate, contact Advocacy & Legislative.
- Congressional Contacts - A cadre of school board members serve as a reliable resource to Alabama's congressional delegation on education policy and national issues that impact public education. To participate, contact Advocacy & Legislative.
- Governmental Relations - AASB's executive director and director of governmental relations lead the association's day-to-day advocacy efforts.
- AASB Bylaws - The AASB Bylaws outline the advocacy duties of the board of directors.