What is the Delegate Assembly and Why is it Important?
Click the play button on the accompanying video player to learn what it means to be a Delegate and bring resolutions to the MSBA Delegate Assembly from MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind and MSBA Director of Government Relations Denise Dittrich.
MSBA’s Legislative Positions are adopted through the Delegate Assembly. School board members from throughout the state are elected for a two-year term by their peers to serve as Delegates.
Each December, Delegates discuss and vote on various legislative resolutions submitted by school boards and individual school board members. Those resolutions that receive a majority vote, as well as positions adopted during previous years, become the basis for MSBA staff lobbying efforts on behalf of all public school board members in the state.
How to Become a Delegate
Become a Delegate and add your voice to the legislative process. MSBA is currently accepting Delegate nominations from school board members.
- Note: Nominations are CLOSED for the following Delegate Areas – Area 1, Area 2, Area 6, Area 9, Area 11, Area 12, Area 13, Area 16, Area 17, Area 20, Area 21, Area 22, Area 23, Area 24, and Area 26. Click here to find your Delegate Area.
- If your Delegate Area is still accepting nominations, click here to submit a self-nomination to become a Delegate. This takes less than one minute.
- Click here to learn more about the Delegate Assembly nomination and election process.
A 2022 Delegate Assembly Success Story: From Resolution to State Law
Click the play button on the accompanying video player (or visit YouTube) to see how MSBA Delegates teamed up with a nonprofit organization to advance a resolution on computer science curriculum.
Bonus video: Visit https://youtu.be/Egj3fktOSNY to see how Delegates approved a resolution that would allow school districts to leave a school board position open if only three months remained before a term ended or a special election was scheduled.
2023 Delegate Assembly Meeting
The 2023 MSBA Delegate Assembly meeting is scheduled for Friday, December 1, and Saturday, December 2, 2023, at a NEW LOCATION: the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington – Minneapolis South (7800 Normandale Boulevard Minneapolis, MN 55439).
Direct questions about the Delegate Assembly meeting to Jen Ebert at email@example.com.
Pre-Delegate Assembly Meetings
The purpose of the Pre-Delegate Assembly Meetings is to review each individual resolution — discussing the background information and the MSBA Board’s recommendation. The meeting will give Delegates an understanding of the wide range of subjects to be discussed and voted on at the Delegate Assembly. Delegates’ attendance at a Pre-Delegate Assembly Meeting will also allow them time to develop amendments or additional resolutions before the Delegate Assembly if they feel there are issues that have not been addressed.
All 2023 Pre-Delegate meetings will be conducted via a virtual format. Delegates are welcome to attend the date that works best for them.
- 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 14, 2023
- 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, 2023
- 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, November 16, 2023
- 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 18, 2023
Submit a Resolution
MSBA members are encouraged to propose resolutions to the Delegate Assembly for the upcoming legislative session. Your resolutions are the first step to developing the MSBA’s official positions on important educational issues.
Each resolution is researched and voted on by the membership at the Delegate Assembly. Once adopted, these positions guide the MSBA Government Relations team as they represent you at the Legislature. Resolutions should cover any education topic of significant statewide concern and address desired legislative outcomes. Resolutions are not legislation.
Deadline: Resolution forms must be submitted by Friday, September 29, 2023.
Please send resolutions and direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.