Public education in Wisconsin is a statewide obligation that is carried out by locally elected school boards. The WASB is a shared resource for governing leaders.
A nonprofit, membership organization, the WASB fulfills its mission by sharing information among school boards and offering services and programs in the areas of school law, policy, governance, legislative activity and employee relations.
The WASB provides background and support for elected school leaders as they do the difficult work of democracy: weighing and balancing the unique values of their communities.
The membership includes Wisconsin school boards and Cooperative Educational Service Agencies. The decisions made by these education leaders directly affect the state's 800,000 schoolchildren.
The official publication of the WASB is Wisconsin School News, published 10 times a year and distributed to school board members, superintendents, administrators and other school leaders. It is also distributed to state agencies, legislators, education organizations, businesses, colleges, universities and others.
The WASB sponsors an annual Wisconsin State Education Convention in partnership with the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators and the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials.
The WASB was founded in 1921, when school board members met in the Capitol in Madison to create the Wisconsin Association of High Schools and Graded School Boards. The first president was W. W. Albers, a Wausau school board member who also served in the state Senate for 10 years.
Businesses that provide services and products to Wisconsin school districts are eligible to join the WASB through a Service Associate membership. All Service Associate members must be approved by the WASB board of directors.