Associations for Superintendents and School Boards Partner on Public Education Goals
Elizabeth Yelverton | NCASA Legal Affairs & Policy Manager
In preparation for the General Assembly’s long session starting January 30, the N.C. School Superintendents’ Association (NCSSA) and the N.C. School Boards Association (NCSBA) have expressed a commitment to a stronger partnership and collaboration on legislative priorities for 2019-2021. NCSBA, which represents local boards of education across the state, adopted legislative priorities for 2019 that align significantly with those of the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA), which is the umbrella organization for the NCSSA superintendents’ group and 11 other segments of school administrators. While both NCASA and NCSBA are taking comparable stances on current education issues, they also are partnering with other education groups to advocate for two of their shared key priorities – school calendar flexibility and the need for a statewide school bond referendum.
NCSSA Executive Director Jack Hoke and NCSBA Executive Director Ed Dunlap met in the spring of 2018 to discuss the importance of their respective executive committees working together towards common education goals, and as a result, representatives from both groups met in August of 2018 and January of 2019 to discuss continuing opportunities for collaboration.
Hoke discussed the advantages of the partnership in a recent message sent to school superintendents, stating,
“I am very pleased that we are working together with NCSBA as a partner in advancing our goals for public education. I think this partnership will make us stronger and give us the opportunity to have more of an impact in the upcoming legislative session. Our 1.7 million public school students are depending on our two organizations to work together.”
NCSBA Executive Director Ed Dunlap also sent a similar message to all school board members in NC this week.
During the recent meeting on January 3, NCASA Executive Director Katherine Joyce, as well as NCSBA Governmental Relations Director Leanne Winner, gave presentations on the legislative priorities of their respective organizations. That discussion revealed the alignment in the priorities of both organizations, as reflected in this document comparing the positions of both organizations on various legislative issues.
NCSSA President Freddie Williamson, Superintendent of Hoke County Schools, also celebrated the partnership efforts, stating,
"Across the state, we're all facing the same issues and we're all working towards a shared vision of advocating for and supporting effective educational leadership to ensure a quality education for our 1.7 million public school students. As public school thought leaders, it's important to establish an aligned framework for leadership by focusing on results, relationships, and processes. We can't do this work alone; it takes organizations like NCSBA, NCASA, and NCSSA working collaboratively to shape the path and drive change. As Harry Truman said, "It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."