About ASBA

The Arizona School Boards Association is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization that provides training, leadership and essential services to public school governing boards statewide. More than 240 governing boards, representing nearly 1 million Arizona students, are members of ASBA.



The Arizona School Boards Association is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization that provides training, leadership and essential services to public school governing boards statewide. More than 240 governing boards, representing nearly 1 million Arizona students, are members of ASBA.  Membership Directory

We are governed by a board of directors, comprised of school board members from throughout the state, and through direct member action.

As a national federation member of the National School Boards Association, ASBA also is active at the federal level.

History of ASBA book | 25 Years of Action and Influence

A book chronicling of the work of the Arizona School Boards Association from 1990 to 2015
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Our Vision

The best schools in every community.

Our Mission

We cultivate excellence in locally-governed school districts.

Key Functions

Provide training and leadership development.
Represent and advocate for the diverse needs of our membership.
Provide products and services that support district success.

Our Core Beliefs

  • The basic life needs of children must be met for them to succeed.
  • Meeting the unique educational needs of all students must be the foundation of our school systems.
  • The governance of publicly-funded schools must lie with locally-elected and publicly-accountable governing boards.
  • The responsibility for student success is shared by students, parents, governing board, district staff and the community.
  • Public education funding must be broad-based, stable and at a level that assures all students are successful.
  • Knowledgeable and professionally trained governing board members are fundamental for ensuring student success.
  • Closing the opportunity and achievement gap is a moral and economic imperative that must be addressed to ensure all Arizona’s students are successful.

 

Message from the Executive Director

DR_TIMOTHY_OGLEAs the liaisons between the community and our public schools, school boards have a unique role to play in bringing Arizona’s bright future to bear. Every decision in policy and governance should ultimately be linked back to the success of children in classrooms, for they are our state’s future.

As we move forward in our second century as a state, we have a perfect opportunity to focus renewed spirit and energy to encourage and promote excellence in our public schools, and support the million children who attend them, and the dedicated professionals who work in them. In poll after poll, in casual conversation, in action, the people of Arizona have said they want our public school system to be successful and vibrant so that all our children are college and career ready. Business leaders, policymakers and economists say doing so is imperative to the economic health and well-being of our state. I, for one, applaud Arizona’s school board leaders for their commitment to give their time and talent in support of this work upon which the future of Arizona truly rests.

In my role as executive director, I have the privilege of meeting and working closely with policymakers and legislative leaders, school leaders, parents, students and board members. What each has in common is hope for our future and excitement as we move beyond solving problems to seizing opportunities to advance our work. The passion and dedication for our students’ success that I and other members of our staff routinely witness is inspiring.

Here at ASBA, we are operating with a renewed spirit and energy, and endeavoring to harness this shared vision and transform it into collective action focused on quality leadership and advocacy for the children in our public schools. As you and your schools face new challenges, I hope you will continue to look to ASBA for essential board services, support, information and leadership. Just as you must be more nimble and accountable to ensure students’ needs are met, so must we. Please join me in seizing the opportunity to make this mark in time the beginning of a new day for Arizona’s schools, children and families.

Dr. Timothy L. Ogle, Executive Director