Robert Vecchio, President of the William Floyd Board of Education, recently joined a delegation from Suffolk County as well as representatives from more than 700 school board and state school board association leaders from across the nation in Washington D.C., to advocate for strong public schools for all students as part of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) 2015 Advocacy Institute held February 1-3.
Mr. Vecchio, along with his Suffolk County colleagues, participated in meetings with Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Representatives Peter King and William Floyd alumnus, Lee Zeldin. With the 114th Congress now in full swing, the institute came at a pivotal time for school board members to hone their advocacy skills and use them on Capitol Hill to influence the outcome of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA), and affect legislation to ensure maximum local flexibility and decision-making for districts.
“I was honored to be chosen as a representative to advocate our federal officials on behalf of the children of Suffolk County and New York State,” said Mr. Vecchio. “We lobbied for positive reforms to federal educational mandates, a reduction to the federal footprint and restoring more local control and governance.”
The NSBA is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. The NSBA represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the United States.