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Washington Lobby in Force! - Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Federal Relations Network Conference


Washington Lobby in Force!


            The National School Boards Association offers its state affiliates the opportunity to merge their political clout in an annual event known as the Federal Relations Network Conference.


            It is an annual event that will be held this year February 5 – 7, 2012, in Washington DC.  This year is a prime time to take part in the event, according to Darrin Manuel the president of the Louisiana School Boards Association.


            "It appears as if reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act will be moving through this Congress.  School board members will be provided a detailed understanding of the changes being considered, and thus be able to convey to their boards the impacts to be expected,” Manuel said.


            "Normally, Louisiana’s delegation approaches 40 in board member participation.  Presently, we are well below that number and I’d be happy to appoint any interested member to the Network.”


            While in DC the Network staff arranges visitation with Louisiana’s Congressional delegation.


            Priority issues for this year’s FRN member discussions with their Congressmen include:

·         Reauthorization of ESEA/NCLB,

·         Enduring adequate funding for education programs, including full funding for mandates such as IDEA, and

·         Title I, U.S. Department of Education Waivers from NCLB, Teacher and Principal Evaluation & Effectiveness, and a host of other key issues.


            At today’s Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting the entire forum was devoted to a report on the state effort to develop waivers from NCLB, and new Supt. John White noted that there are some significant opportunities for local school districts in the waiver program.


            LSBA members interested in working in the FRN should contact Lloyd Dressel as soon as possible so that travel and registration arrangements can be made.  Call Carolyn Wooten at 225/769-3191.


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