Welcome to Government Affairs
The Department of Government Affairs is the District's voice on policy-level issues. The primary responsibilities of the department include:
- Communicating the point of view and needs of the District to the community, elected officials and key decision-makers.
- Developing strategies that support the District within the community and at all levels of government.
- Acting as Liaison with elected officials including federal, state and local governments
The Department is led by Lindsay Anderson, Government Affairs Director
The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees have adopted Board Policy 1310 - Political Activity in Schools as a guiding document for official interaction with elected officials. Administrative Regulation 1310 provides further details about political activity within the Washoe County School District. If there are additional questions, send an email for more information.
Washoe County School District Government Affairs Overview
According to the U.S. Department of Education, education is primarily a state and local responsibility. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the overarching federal law governing K-12 education and was signed in December of 2015. ESSA replaced the No Child Left Behind Act which was enacted in 2002. The federal financial contribution to education nationally is approximately 8%. Washoe County School District works with national education advocacy organizations like AASA to address the needs of all WCSD students.
Washoe County School District is represented in Washington DC by:
While governed primarily by the school board of trustees, financial resources are largely distributed by the Nevada Legislature. The Nevada Legislature meets in odd years for 120 days. The 2017 legislative session concluded on June 6, 2017. They will not convene again until February of 2019. The Government Affairs Department has a primarly responsibility in representing WCSD during the legislative session. With full support from the district's leadership team, Lindsay lobbies for the district's legislative platform adopted by the Board of Trustees. Here are the legislative platforms from 2017 and 2015.
Eleven of 63 legislators represent Washoe County School District. To find out which legislator represents your home or school, use this tool.
State Board of Education
The State Board of Education is composed of eleven members. Four members are elected from the four congressional districts in Nevada, and seven members are appointed. In general, they develop state-level regulations and programs staffed by the Nevada Department of Education led by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
City of Reno; City of Sparks; Washoe County
While local governments don't have direct authority over the Washoe County School Board, we work with our local government partners on a variety of issues including community relations, social services, before/after school programs, school safety, zoning, and school construction.
Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web-Accessibility
The District prohibits bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination and/or retaliation in any of its educational programs/activities, employment, and employment opportunities. For the District's full Notice of Non-Discrimination statement as well as methods to address questions and concerns please visit our Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web Accessibility page.For more information, visit the Civil Rights Compliance Department page.