Resolutions, resolution amendments and comments from local school boards was considered by the 2021 Resolutions Committee on November 4th at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel, and then by the membership at the delegate assembly on Sunday, November 7th.
These resolutions guide our association for the coming year beginning November 8th, 2021. They also guide our advocacy and positions during the upcoming legislative session.
UPDATE – November 6, 2021
UPDATE – November 4, 2021
The Resolutions and Belief Statements of the Association of Alaska School Boards, based on the work of the Resolutions Committee meeting held November 4, 2021.
Board Presidents, Superintendents, and Executive Admins – Please forward the following information to your Boards immediately:
On behalf of President Elect Pete Hoepfner, links to two important AASB Resolutions documents are listed below for the AASB membership in accordance with AASB Board Policy 212.
- 2022 WHERE WE STAND – Draft #2 – to be used by the Resolutions Committee on November 4, 2021
- 2022 NEW AND AMENDED SUBMISSIONS – a compilation of the proposed new and amended resolutions for 2022
These documents are intended for the membership and the Resolutions Committee to use at the meeting scheduled for Thursday November 4th at the Anchorage Hilton Starting at 9:00 am. The room the committee will be meeting in will be announced closer to the conference. Limited printed copies will be available at the Resolutions Committee meeting.
The Resolutions Committee will meeting all day, Thursday November 4th, to review, amend, or recommend for deletion any new or existing resolutions. The committee recommendations will be made available to the membership no later than 8:30 am Saturday November 6th, 2021 as per AASB Board Policy 208. Limited printed copies (1 per district), will be available on Saturday November 6th. The document will be available digitally for download on the AASB website and the Conference App.
The AASB Membership will meet as a delegate assembly Sunday November 7th at 8:00 AM to consider and vote on the recommendations of the Resolutions Committee. Members may also, from the floor, request any resolution or belief statement be pulled for amendment or deletion. A district may introduce new resolutions from the floor according to the following language found in AASB board policy 212.
*Resolutions Presented From the Floor
A resolution not submitted through the appropriate process and meeting the required time lines or, a resolution which was correctly presented to the Resolutions Committee for consideration but has received negative consideration by that committee may be considered by the Delegate Assembly under the following conditions:
- Floor resolutions must be submitted to AASB staff by 6:00 pm on the 1st official day of the Annual Conference for copying.
- A motion must be properly made to ask that t the rules be suspended and that the Delegate Assembly take up the questioned issue.
- The motion to suspend the rules shall require an affirmative vote of two thirds of the total votes cast to allow the measure to be considered.
If you have any questions, please contact Tiffany Jackson at AASB via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 907-463-1660.
Here are the important dates for your board to know about the upcoming resolutions process for fall 2021:
- Member district review, amendments, new resolutions and comments period – Due to AASB Tuesday, October 5, 2020 by midnight.
- Compiled comments, amendments and new resolutions submissions available for membership review – Saturday, October 16th
- Resolutions Committee Meeting – Thursday, November 4, 2021
- Delegate Assembly to adopt resolutions – Sunday, November 7, 2021
AASB asks each school board to carefully review the resolutions packet. It is critically important our resolutions adequately cover the issues facing school boards and public education, so please think carefully about the issues facing your district, and possibly others across the state.
The following documents for the 2021 Resolutions Process are provided for your convenience and to assist your board’s work:
- 2021 AASB Resolution Process and Timeline (PDF)
- 2021 Sunsetting Resolutions – AASB BOD Recommendations (PDF)
- New 1-13 Land Acknowledgement (PDF)
- New 3-30 Safe and Inclusive Learning LGBTQ Students (PDF)
- Where We Stand 2022 – Draft 1 (PDF)
- Where We Stand 2022 – Draft 1 (Word)
- AASB Resolutions Template (PDF)
- 2021 AASB Resolutions Process Webinar – Lon Garrison & Tiffany Jackson – Video length 27:00
The AASB Board of Directors at its July 2021 meeting reviewed the current resolutions scheduled to sunset. The AASB Board has recommended the renewal of all but one resolution that is scheduled to sunset. Resolution 5.14 Recognition of the True and Improving High School Graduation Rate is scheduled to sunset and is moving forward without a recommendation from the Board of Directors.
The AASB Board of Directors voted to put forward two new resolution: New 1.13 Land Acknowledgement and New 3.30 Safe and Inclusive Learning Environments for LGBTQ+ Students. Both of these items can be found within the full resolutions document, and as separate documents.
Process for Boards
Boards may submit new resolutions, amendments to existing resolutions or comments concerning any resolution or belief statement. All submissions should come from the Board as a whole. Remember, only the title and resolution are voted on by the membership, not the rationale. We do welcome comments about rationale especially if they become out of date or contain erroneous information.
In order to comment on or put forward suggested resolution changes, AASB requests your board schedule time to discuss the resolutions at a regular meeting and vote by official board action. The deadline specified by AASB bylaws for the AASB office to receive your comments and proposals is Tuesday, October 5, 2021.
We require all submissions of comments, new resolutions, or amended resolutions be submitted digitally via Google Form by the date specified above. The link to the AASB Resolution Submission Form is here: https://forms.gle/4gc1aMRr9sAAQZHD6
All resolutions received will be compiled and a complete set of resolutions containing proposals from districts will be sent back to your board 20 days before the annual conference, which is Oct. 16, 2021. If you have any questions regarding the resolutions, please email Tiffany Jackson or call 463-1660.
Two webinars are scheduled to review the Resolutions Process:
The first webinar will be
Wednesday, August 11th at noon AST
A repeat of the first webinar will occur on
Thursday, August 19th at noon AST
These webinars will be hosted by Tiffany Jackson to review the process and answer any questions.
Thank you for your board’s continued commitment to providing every student with an excellent education, every day! We look forward to receiving your comments, amendments, and resolutions.
Pete Hoepfner, Resolutions Committee Chair
Tiffany Jackson, Director of Membership Services