Small School Districts Association

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The Small School Districts' Association, also known as SSDA, is a government sector lobbying association in California. Its members include over 350 different small school districts. A small school district is defined as any school district with less than 5,000 students. SSDA also partners with over 120 businesses near its member districts. These businesses work to bring better transportation, facilities or education services to the schools within the association.[1]

As of December 2014, the Small School Districts' Association's mission statement read as follows:

The mission of the Small School Districts’ Association is to provide relevant information and proactive assistance to small school district governing boards and superintendents through legislative advocacy, collaboration, professional development, and support services.[2][3]


The SSDA started in 1983 when four superintendents held a meeting to discuss advocacy for their districts. They created the organization as a way to ensure their districts received legislative attention comparable to that received by larger school districts. As a result of this meeting, the four superintendents founded the association and invited additional member districts. The total number of schools that participated when the association began was 23.[4]

The association has helped each of its member districts acquire grants and other types of funds. It has helped with legislative issues as well. A full account of the association's impact on various California counties can be found here.

Taxpayer-funded lobbying

The Small School Districts' Association is a government sector lobbying association. According to a Pacific Research Institute study, the group is funded in whole or in part by taxpayer dollars, in the form of membership dues paid by local governments. In return, the SSDA advocates for its members in the California state legislature.[5]

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