If your board is considering making New Year’s Resolutions for 2016, here’s one: Make advocacy a habit.
If you’ve attended WASB events like our regional meetings, legislative advocacy conference or state convention you’ve likely heard this before. Here’s one tangible and simple way to accomplish this:
Discuss at least one legislative proposal or issue at every board meeting.
Here are a few suggestions–some of the education-related bills still pending for the final months of this legislative session:
- Assembly Bill 481/Senate Bill 355 – Restrictions on referenda and other school funding mechanisms.
- Assembly Bill 517/Senate Bill 470 – Reporting crimes and other incidents that occur on school property, on school transportation, and at school sanctioned events.
- Assembly Bill 581/Senate Bill 449 – Licenses to teach vocational education subjects.
- Assembly Bill 469 – Use of changing rooms by pupils.
- Assembly Bill 545/Senate Bill 412 – Providing lifesaving skills instruction to pupils.
Take it to the next step and contact your legislators if you have concerns with the proposals you discuss or if you want to express support for particular bills. Adopt a board resolution or write a letter explaining why you support or oppose the proposal. Use examples specific to your district.
As always, the WASB Legislative Update will keep you informed and provide sample materials for you to use.
Make advocacy a habit a New Year’s Resolution for your board in 2016! Thank you for your continued efforts on behalf of your students and communities.