SOS Wauwatosa is a nonpartisan, nonprofit that works to increase citizen understanding of policy issues in K-12 education and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. It is registered as a tax-exempt social welfare organization under Section 501(c)(4) of the U.S. tax code.
As a nonpartisan organization, SOS does not support or oppose candidates for public office in any election, nor does it take a stand for or against a political party. On occasion, it advocates action on public policy positions, but not for the benefit of any candidate or political party. SOS’s mission is to encourage independent voters and members of all political parties to support Wisconsin’s public schools.
Throughout Wisconsin’s history, public education has always been considered a nonpartisan issue. Traditionally, it has been strongly supported by both major political parties. Public education is not, and should not be, a partisan issue. It is a matter of policy and not of politics. SOS’s policy is this: all of Wisconsin’s children deserve equal access to a high-quality, well-funded public education.
As individuals and on their own time, some SOS Wauwatosa members support political parties and candidates for public office. But SOS Wauwatosa does not ask its members about their individual political activities, and the organization remains strictly nonpartisan.
SOS Wauwatosa members are encouraged, as individuals, to attend and participate in meetings of governmental bodies. However, only those members named as SOS Wauwatosa representatives by SOS Wauwatosa’s board of directors may state SOS Wauwatosa’s official positions. Further, only the President of SOS Wauwatosa or others expressly authorized by the SOS board may speak on the organization’s behalf. All official SOS Wauwatosa communications, publications, and public action must be cleared with the SOS Wauwatosa board.