Building America's Future in Public Schools

Calling All Public Education Advocates at the RNC and DNC! 

The National School Boards Action Center took its "Building America's Future in Public Schools" election campaign to the Republican National Convention (RNC) and the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in July to spotlight the importance of public education in this election. Specifically, the campaign engages voters and delegates in urging the presidential nominees and elected officials to implement policies in support of local governance of public schools and advancing equity and excellence in public education.

Below is a highlights from our campaign during the RNC and DNC. Take a look at what you've helped accomplish!




The Goal

We have all heard the presidential candidates discuss a host of issues during nationally televised debates. What we haven’t heard is how they will support the education of our children attending the nation’s public schools. The reality is nine out of 10 school-age children in the U.S. are educated in nearly 100,000 public schools. And yet, as the race to the White House heats up, voters have heard little meaningful discussions on K-12 education. 

This is a critical time for public schools as they begin to implement the new law Every Student Succeeds Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in December 2015. Our next President will play a major role in ensuring the law is implemented as intended and that means upholding the local governance structure of public schools and empowering school boards and local educators to promote excellence and equity. 

As public school advocates, you can put K-12 public education on the political radar of the 2016 presidential election. The Building America’s Future in Public Schools campaign is designed to help you accomplish that goal. The following resources and tools can help you effectively communicate with the Presidential nominees and share the message of the critical role our public schools play in the nation’s future. 


Resources and Tools

  • Campaign Action Center for advocates to take actions to communicate with candidates and other voters
  • The voting records of the 114th Congress on key education votes
  • Presidential candidates look-up
  • Election engagement toolkit
  • Presidential candidates’ positions on key education issues 
  • News blogs on election and education 
  • Download the sample graphics below for social media use