School Board Resources

WILL’s 2023 Model School Board Policies have just been released.

Developed by a team of policy and legal experts at WILL, they serve as a resource for new school board members and candidates making change at the local level:
  • Increasing parents’ rights & involvement
  • Greater transparency
  • Optimizing student academic achievement and improving school governance.

Model School Board Policies

Model Policy #1 –  Review and Update of District Policies 

Model Policy #2 – Board-Superintendent Communications

Model Policy #3 – PARENT, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Model Policy #4 – ACCESS TO STUDENT RECORDS

Model Policy #5 –  RIGHT TO REVIEW INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND RELATED DOCUMENTS

Model Policy #6 – RIGHT TO REVIEW PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING MATERIALS 

Model Policy #7 –  SURVEY NOTICE AND OPT OUT

Model Policy #8 – CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES

Model Policy #9 –  STUDENT GENDER IDENTITY AND PARENTAL NOTIFICATION AND CONSENT

Model Policy #10 – EMPLOYEE EXPRESSION IN NON-SCHOOL SETTINGS

Model Policy #11 – ASSESSMENT OF EDUCATIONal GOALS

Model Policy #12 – STUDENT DISCIPLINE (Wisconsin)

Model Policy #13 – Human Growth and Development Instruction and Parental Notice and Opt Out

Model Policy #14 – District Personnel Evaluation and Training 

Model Policy #15 – Employee Use of Student Pronouns

Model Policy #16 – Discipline 

Model Policy #17 – Racial Non-Discrimination 

Model Policy #18 – Contracting Audit and Transparency

Model Policy #19 – Parental Notification of acts or threats of violence 

Model Policy #20 – Parental Notification of School Safety Updates 

Model Policy #21 – Planning and parental notification for school trips

Model Policy #22 – Evaluation and update of district curriculum purchased from third parties

Model Policy #23 – Library Material Transparency

Model Policy #24 – Library Materials and Parental Rights

Model Policy #25 – Prayer in Schools

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
PROPOSED RULES ON TITLE IX

APRIL 13, 2023 – U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PROPOSED RULES

The U.S. Department of Education posted their proposed Title IX and athletics rule.
 
Learn more about this rule in our FAQ.
 
Submission to comment publicly on the proposed rule has closed. Read WILL’s public comment, from May 15, 2023, here

SEPTEMBER 23, 2022 – U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PROPOSED RULES ARE NOT YET IN EFFECT

While the proposed rules on Title IX have recieved a lot of media coverage, it is important for school districts to understand that these proposed rules are not in effect and are not law. 

WILL’s Comment to the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PROPOSED RULES

WILL submitted a public comment on the U.S. Department of Education proposed changes to the regulations on Title IX.

Title IX and Gender Identity FAQ Memo

This memo is intended as a resource for public use by school board members and public school administrators navigating issues related to gender identity and Title IX. It is based on the law in Wisconsin and the Seventh Circuit and is current as of January 25, 2023.

ADDITIONAL SCHOOL BOARD RESOURCES

Below are some additional publicly available school board resources from other organizations. Please contact us with suggestions for new sources, or if any of these links no longer work.

What School Boards Need to Know About Title IX

WILL’s Lead Education Attorney, Cory Brewer authored “What School Boards Need to Know About Title IX” in partnership with AEI to help school boards navigate new Title IX rules coming from the Biden Administration.

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AEI | Empower School Board Members with Policy Solutions
WILL Director of Education Policy, Libby Sobic, is the author of Empower School Board Members With Policy Solutions, a new publication from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Sobic highlights a number of the model school board policies WILL released in June 2022, part of the Restoring American Education initiative.

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Arizona Coalition of School Board Members

An Arizona-based membership organization for school board members and interested community members offering alternative resources that promotes student success and parental rights.

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View Policy Book

Ballotpedia candidate surveys

Use this form to submit information, for Ballotpedia’s readers to learn more about your candidacy.

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Civics Alliance
A compilation of general school board resources.

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Engage to win
Melanie Sturm, founder of Engage to Win, offers remote and in-person trainings for candidates, elected officials, policy advocates, students, and movement leaders. Melanie teaches how to inspire an audience – even skeptics – to follow your lead, not based on what you say, but on what your audience hears you say. She also specializes in crafting customized, issue-focused persuasive messaging.

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Engage to win
Melanie Sturm, founder of Engage to Win, offers remote and in-person trainings for candidates, elected officials, policy advocates, students, and movement leaders. Melanie teaches how to inspire an audience – even skeptics – to follow your lead, not based on what you say, but on what your audience hears you say. She also specializes in crafting customized, issue-focused persuasive messaging.

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Family policy foundation school board academy
Colorado-based organization that advances biblical citizenship, equips and elects statesmen, promotes policy and serves an effective alliance: all committed to a common vision.

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FreedomWorks
An organization building a grassroots movement of school board members.

Contact Zach Laba, BEST Outreach Coordinator at [email protected] for more information.

Goldwater Institute

Learn more about their effort for academic transparency, including a district-level model policy.

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Independence Institute

Learn more about their effort for academic transparency, including a district-level model policy.

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Noah Webster Educational Foundation
Check out these school board trainings.

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School Boards for Academic Excellence
Check out this resource directory.

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School board member finance training
Delivered by Edunomics Lab at Georgetown, four virtual sessions, 2-hours each, from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM CT starting September 16, 2022:

Today’s financial choices are complicated. Districts are flush with cash, inflation is eroding wages, enrollment is down and under-enrolled schools are costly. And yet, districts must stay focused on getting students back on track. To helping make sense of it all, Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University is offering a finance workshop just for school board members. Scholarships are available so apply early for those.

School board leaders who go through our training sessions learn to engage more on financial matters and to communicate in ways that build trust on spending decisions affecting students. We think practical, strategic financial skills will be particularly useful in the coming months, so please share this with school board members who would benefit from the opportunity. Send any questions to [email protected].

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Vermilion Education
School Board Consultants and Curriculum Audits

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