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Capitol Chats: Across the Aisle with IASB

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IASB's government relations team, and their guests, provides updates, background and need-to-know information for Iowa's public school advocates and school board members. Additionally, check out our other podcast, BoardCast for hot topics and best practices in school finance, board governance, legal and policy issues, HR and more:
19 Episodes
Liz Brennan, chair of the LRC, joins our government relations team to discuss the role of the LRC in developing IASB’s legislative platform and what specific issues they’re planning to focus on this year. 
Join our government relations team as they break down everything from the 2021 legislative session. They provide updates on wins for public education, what caused some disappointment, why Zoom advocacy might just be here to stay, and how you can use it to your advantage when talking to legislators. 
Our government relations team provides a rundown of everything that survived—and didn't survive—the legislature's second funnel deadline, from preschool expansion to property tax changes. Plus, learn which bills still need your advocacy to reach the finish line this year. 
IASB's Shawn Snyder gives a recap of the March 2021  Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) meeting and shares some optimism as we pass the one year mark since the pandemic began.
Join our government relations team as they breakdown what did and did not survive the legislature's first funnel deadline. Stay up to speed on which bills—good, bad or in between—that need your advocacy and attention as the session progresses. 
Join our government relations team as they breakdown the policy initiatives proposed by Governor Kim Reynolds in her Condition of the State address, including an in-person instruction requirement, various school choice initiatives and her proposed funding amounts. The governor gave her annual address on Jan. 12, 2021. Additionally, you can read IASB's analysis of the governor's school aid recommendation.
As 2020 comes to a close, IASB school finance expert Shawn Snyder provides a mostly positive analysis of the recent Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) meeting. He gives an update on their revenue projections and what he thinks we could see for a possible Supplemental State Aid (SSA) rate.
Dive into state-level election results with IASB Lobbyist Emily Piper as she provides an update on the makeup of the Iowa House and Senate and what it means as we head toward the legislative session in January.
IASB’s Shawn Snyder provides a breakdown of the Revenue Estimating Conference’s (REC) meeting this week and gives us a look into the future as we continue to see the impacts of COVID-19 on our economy.
As we continue to weather the COVID-19 pandemic, the REC met to revise its revenue projections and the legislature will resume their session on June 3. IASB school finance expert Shawn Snyder and lobbyist Emily Piper explain how these two events effect K-12 education in the coming months. 
Governor Reynolds has waived the traditional August 23 school start date. Hear from three board members on what this could mean for districts, students and teachers as we start a school year during the COVID-19 pandemic. Special thanks to Ron Fadness, Perla Alarcon-Flory and Liz Brennan for sharing their perspectives. 
Chip Slaven and Deborah Rigsby from the National School Boards Association provide a breakdown of what portion of the $2 trillion federal stimulus package is allocated for K-12 education and what schools can do with that money. Recorded on March 26.
IASB's Associate Executive Director for Government Relations & School Finance, Shawn Snyder, provides details and analysis of the REC's March meeting and what he predicts could happen in the future as we deal with uncertainties in the economy. 
Our lobbyist, Emily Piper, and Dennis Tibben from the Iowa Medical Society sit down to talk through a bill that would allow for behavioral and mental health services to be provided via telemedicine in a school setting. 
Governor Reynolds delivered her annual Condition of the State to the legislature — our government relations team breaks down what we heard about public education, what it means for schools and what we can expect from the legislature this year. 
Have you ever wondered how the legislature comes up with their budget? What does the REC have to do with it?We'll answer these questions and more as we take a look at how the state budget is developed and what that means for public education.
If you couldn't attend Delegate Assembly, or even if you did and just want to hear our thoughts, find out what our big takeaways were as we get one step closer to the 2020 legislative session.
Whether you're a seasoned pro or new to the game, this episode will provide ideas on how to get a legislator's attention. Hear from legislators and our team on what works best when you're trying to leave a lasting impression and get your goals accomplished.Music from"On My Way" by Kevin MacLeod ( CC BY (
In the first episode of our new podcast, you'll hear from Senator Chris Cournoyer and Representative Ras Smith as well as our government relations team on everything from last session's big wins to what to expect in 2020.Music from"On My Way" by Kevin MacLeod ( CC BY (
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