WASB Equity Statement and Related Services
We affirm in our actions that each student can, will, and shall learn. We recognize that based on factors including, but not limited to, disability, race, gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic status, not all students receive equitable educational opportunities. Educational equity is the intentional allocation of resources, instruction, and opportunities to meet the specific identified needs of students and staff in the local school community.
(Approved by the WASB Board of Directors, June 2018)
Wisconsin school board members have long considered equity an important aspect of education policy. We have many resolutions dating back to the late 1970s proposed by member school boards and adopted by the annual Delegate Assembly. These resolutions have instructed our legislative advocacy efforts and continue to ensure equity is a key foundation for the WASB.
Legal and Human Resources Services
The WASB Legal Services Staff can assist our member districts in addressing educational equity for students. The Legal Services staff provides training on Title IX, sexual harassment, accommodating staff, students and citizens with disabilities, student discipline, and other staff and student non-discrimination issues. In addition, the Legal Services team is always available to address legal inquiries related to educational equity issues on a case by case basis. Please contact one of the WASB’s Staff Counsels to learn more.
For more than 40 years, the WASB Policy Services Staff have been highlighting ways in which school boards can adopt local policies that promote student achievement and address the educational and other needs of students from a variety of backgrounds in an equitable way. There are sample school district policies, WASB policy publications (Policy Perspectives and The FOCUS), and other resources such as the Policy Resource Guide to assist districts.
The WASB has always encouraged Wisconsin school boards to base their school district policies on local community needs, interests and requirements. Not every school or school district is the same or has the same problems, issues or needs. Local school board policies should reflect the needs of the district, and students within the schools of the district, and should be able to be implemented using the resources available in the district.
The WASB provides professional development training to help school board members be effective advocates for all public school children. In addition, the Wisconsin School News magazine features stories from Wisconsin school districts that are finding effective ways to meet the unique needs of their students.
Customized Leadership Consulting Services
The WASB provides comprehensive, customized training, support, resources and inspiration to school boards and superintendents to maximize their effectiveness in carrying out their respective leadership roles. Through its Governance and Organizational Consulting Services, the WASB can address a wide range of governance issues and/or help districts confront specific challenges and circumstances. From developing a vision and working on board-superintendent relations to developing a master plan, the WASB is here to help boards be as effective as possible in meeting the needs of all of their students.