What is the WSSDA? (link is attached to WSSDA on the left)
Mission Statement: WSSDA provides leadership and advocacy, and empowers its members with knowledge and skills to govern with excellence.
Real World: They are an advocacy group representing the school board directors in Washington State.
Finances: Participating school board pay an annual fee to belong. In 2016 they raised: $1,742,874. There are 295 school districts so if everyone one participated that would equal ~$5,908 per district. As it turns out, based on an email exchange with:
Christopher W. Carlile, CPA, CGFM Director of Finance and Operations Washington State School Directors’ Association 221 College St. NE; Olympia, WA 98516-5313
Dues: Dues vary based on number of certificated FTEs at each public school district, ranging from $635 to $35,305 per year.
Which districts are members? All 295 school districts as required by state law
How does the WSSDA spend their budget? http://www.wssda.org/Portals/0/About%20Us/Budget%20and%20Finance/WSSDA%202016%20Budget%20for%20website.pdf?ver=2016-04-29-141025-867
Legislative: They lobby the Washington State House and Senate to promote the desires and preferences of the member school boards. To do this they go through an annual process of prioritizing the issues and then promote those to legislators. You might be interested in the top priorities for the 2016/2017 school year. To find out what those are we filed Public Information Requests with WSSDA as well as the Battle Ground School Board. Are you ready?
Battle Ground Directors – At a recent school board meeting there were references made to the choices of the BGSB and how they compared to what the WSSDA had settled on. We requested the notes and were told to get them we would need to file a Public Information Request (which we did). Here are the complete notes including hand written comments. Documents: nickels_rylander-prr11082016100241-1_nov_2016
WSSDA 2016/2017 Positions – These are based on the number of votes (you can see in the attached document):
- Changing School Bond Approval Requirements (They want the current 60% to pass requirement changed to 50% +1)
- Full Funding of Basic Education
- Levy Equalization/Levy Lid
- Fully Fund Facilities for Mandated Class Size Reduction
- Statewide Bargaining for Salaries
- Tax Reform
- Building Schools outside Urban Growth Areas
- Washington State Learning Standards
- Professional Development
- Teacher Shortages
WSSDA Positions – In this document you will find explanations and details about their various positions covering the top 62 issues: wssda_2016_legislative_positions
- The WSSDA is a lobbying group funded by school board directors using taxpayer money
- The WSSDA advocates with the legislature on behalf of the school board’s
- School Board Directors rarely (if ever) ask their constituents for input on decisions
- These documents and materials are rarely seen by the public