Founded by state school boards associations in late 2021, the Consortium of State School Boards Associations (COSSBA) is a non-partisan, national alliance dedicated to sharing resources and information to support, promote and strengthen state school boards associations as they serve their local school districts and board members.

COSSBA is voluntary, non-partisan federation of state school boards associations focused on:

  • Support for the work of state school boards associations through effective staff
    collaboration, networking, and shared resources
  • Networking opportunities for local school board members and association board
    members to enhance the effectiveness of their work
  • Tracking and advocating for federal education issues and policies impacting local
    school boards and public education aligned with a statement of core values and beliefs of COSSBA
  • Federal judicial advocacy impacting local control and public education

Our Guiding Principles

  • Focused and responsive
  • Transparent and efficient
  • Reflective and relevant
  • Representative and accountable
  • Unified

Our Governance

Currently, COSSBA is governed by the Transition Steering Committee (TSC), which is comprised of the state executive from each founding member state and a seated member of each state association board. Each executive director/board member team is entitled to one vote on the TSC. On January 1, 2023, the first permanent board will be implemented and the TSC will terminate.