Welcome to Government Affairs


    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:

    Nevada Legislature

    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.

    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.  

    Local Governments
    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.

    El Distrito prohíbe la intimidación, la intimidación cibernética, el acoso, el acoso sexual, la discriminación y / o las represalias en cualquiera de sus programas / actividades educativas, empleo y oportunidades de empleo. Para obtener la declaración completa del Aviso de No Discriminación del Distrito, así como los métodos para abordar preguntas e inquietudes, visite nuestra página de Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web Accessibility

    Para más información visite   Civil Rights Compliance Department page.