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. The WASB team of experts range in skills from advocacy, leadership development and board governance, legal, policy, and communication. The WASB can customize a response to a district’s unique needs and requirements.
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 public school boards and Cooperative Educational Service Agencies. The decisions made by these education leaders directly affect the state's 800,000 schoolchildren.
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.