WASB not renewing its membership in the national organization

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The Wisconsin School Boards Association voted not to renew membership in the national organization due to concerns about its governance structure, financial management, and “failure to prioritize and serve school board associations.” of State”.

In a message to lawmakers Monday night, the WASB wrote down many of its concerns “before the events of last fall,” when the National School Boards Association sent a letter to President Biden asking for help from the federal government in response. threats of violence and intimidation. for school board members. The letter added that some of the actions could be classified as “domestic terrorism” or hate crimes.

The group later issued an apology to members, but the WASB withdrew in November from any involvement in the national organization’s programs, activities and lobbying efforts. The WASB could not terminate its membership at the time because it had already paid dues and there was no refund mechanism, the state organization said at the time.

In Monday’s post, the WASB wrote that the actions “unnecessarily harmed relationships with school boards and inflamed partisan tensions.”

The WASB board voted on Friday not to renew its membership for the 2022-23 school year, and more than half of the nation’s public school board organizations have moved away from the NSBA or dropped their membership. .

The WASB is looking for an alternative national association, although it wrote in the message that it does not prevent NSBA membership in the future.

“Our support for parental and community input is unwavering,” the post read. “We realize that we are partners with our parents and community members and that the vast majority of interactions with our constituents are cordial, collaborative and thoughtful. We understand that important policy decisions can be discussed with passion, but in a way that reinforces the core principle of public schools – local control of student education.

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