Leadership in public school governance

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) is dedicated to serving as an advocate for education and students. Founded in 1921, the WASB seeks to advance education through supporting the tradition of local school board control of the state’s public schools. The Wisconsin Association of School Boards is a member-driven organization that supports,
promotes and advances the interests of public education in Wisconsin.

To fulfill our role as public education advocates, the Wisconsin Association of School Boards: 

  • Offers an array of services that address current and emerging local needs.
  • Enhances board governance through innovative training and leadership activities.
  • Enhances advocacy on issues affecting public education by informing members.
  • Collaborates with other organizations.
School Boards Can Count on Us for Guidance, Support and Collaboration

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.


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