Information and Opportunities

NSBA’s Office of Federal Advocacy and Public Policy keeps you abreast of current and proposed federal legislation and regulations that affect education. As an FRN member, you will have access to the resources you need to be a highly effective advocate, including:

Issue & Action Information

  • Calls-to-Action: These timely summaries on pressing issues provide suggested FRN actions tailored for maximum impact. The backbone of FRN advocacy, calls-to-action give the background to raise the collective voice of the FRN.
  • Action Updates: These easy-to-digest briefings and voting records keep you abreast of current legislation and alert to the impact of your actions.
  • Legislative Hotline: Legislative updates are just a phone call away with prerecorded weekly updates on NSBA’s key legislative priorities and important action items. Just call 1-800-609-NSBA
  • School Board News: NSBA’s award-winning newspaper provides a thorough look at education news from around the country and gives regular, in-depth updates on NSBA’s top advocacy prioritiesAdvocacy Tools
  • Advocacy Toolkit: This primer, with its practical, easy-to-follow instructions, brings you advocacy guidelines for every action, from letter writing and district visits to media campaigns and coalition building.

Conferences, Workshops, and Meetings

  • Annual FRN Legislative Conference: Each January or February you and your FRN colleagues are invited to attend this high-profile, intensive, three-day conference in Washington, D.C. You will hear addresses by prominent members of Congress and the Administration, be briefed by NSBA’s top lobbyists, and meet with FRN colleagues from across the nation. The conference culminates in a lobbying blitz on Capitol Hill where you will take the school board message directly to your members of Congress.
  • NSBA Annual Conference and Exposition: This special session for FRN members includes a mid-year briefing and lobbying tips from NSBA’s legislative staff on the progress and action needed on FRN federal legislative issues.

For additional information, contact Kathleen Branch, Director, National Advocacy Services, at 703-838-6735, or e-mail

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