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Advocacy and Legislation
The MASB Government Relations Department represents the views of MASB member districts with federal and state legislative leaders, and works to open the lines of communication between locally elected school board members and the elected officials in Lansing and Washington, D.C.
These views are established by gathering input from MASB members and having the Board of Directors approve the Association’s legislative priorities. Information on pending legislation and current issues affecting public education is available online through the
system, along with a weekly e-newsletter,
News From the Capitol
, sent when the Michigan Legislature is in session.
Learn more about MASB’s current short- and long-term legislative priorities, state and national legislative activities and information, and current topics in education here.
Stand Up 4 Public Schools
In 2014, the National School Boards Association, in partnership with MASB and many other state school board associations, launched a nation-wide campaign with the goal of countering the aggressive, well-funded attacks on public education by supporting local school board governance and honoring the achievements of America’s public schools.
The campaign has established public recognition and built appeal through a simple premise: “Who I am today began with public education,” paired with the rejoinder, “Today’s public schools are better than ever.”
Celebrity “public schools advocates” are telling their story about public education. The first advocates include: Sal Khan, founder of the not-for-profit Khan Academy; former talk show host Montel Williams; educator astronaut Barbara Morgan; and Michigan’s own, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, basketball legend and business entrepreneur.
Learn more about the campaign and how you can stand up for public education at