Your school board is invited to submit proposals for consideration for PSBA’s 2022 Legislative Platform, your association’s official record of positions on legislative issues that guides our advocacy efforts. The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, July 23.
Now is the time to bring this issue up for discussion at your next board meeting so that your items can be drafted, approved and submitted to PSBA by the July 23 deadline. The process for amending PSBA’s Legislative Platform is easy to remember in three steps:
- Step 1: School boards submit proposed items to PSBA
- Step 2: The Platform Committee considers items & drafts proposed platform
- Step 3: The Delegate Assembly votes on proposed platform
Step 1: Submitting proposals
Boards should begin by reviewing the current PSBA 2021 Legislative Platform (or see the pdf version). Boards may voice support for the continuation of specific current platform statements, create new proposals, amend existing platform language, or suggest the deletion of a current statement.
All proposals and rationale for the proposal must be approved by the board and verified by the board secretary. In other words, an individual board member may not submit an item on his or her own behalf. Items should be drafted as per the guidelines and submitted to the Government Affairs staff.See PSBA Guidelines for submitting platform proposals.
Deadline to submit proposals: Friday, July 23
Step 2: Consideration by the Platform Committee
School boards submit their proposals to PSBA, where they are presented to the PSBA Platform Committee for consideration. The Platform Committee is a standing committee of the association that deliberates and makes an initial determination on all items submitted for the coming year’s platform. The committee is comprised of the association’s officers, and representatives of the association's state sections. Each of PSBA’s eight sectional advisors appoints two persons to serve a one-year term on the committee.
Following the meeting, the proposed 2022 Legislative Platform will be posted on PSBA’s website and provided to all delegates participating in the Delegate Assembly meeting.
Platform Committee meeting: This year the committee will meet on Saturday, September 18.
Step 3: Final vote by the Delegate Assembly
Voting delegates from PSBA-member entities will take final action on the proposed platform recommended by the Platform Committee. Under the PSBA Bylaws, all proposals voted on by the Delegate Assembly must have first been considered by the Platform Committee. The Delegate Assembly will vote only on the proposed changes that have been recommended by the Platform Committee. No new items or substantive amendments can be introduced at the Delegate Assembly meeting. Current platform items where no changes are proposed will be deemed automatically renewed for the coming year’s platform.
Delegate Assembly meeting date: Saturday, October 23. View details on the Delegate Assembly meeting.