If your board is considering making New Year’s Resolutions for 2018, here’s one: Discuss at least one legislative proposal or issue at every board meeting.
If you’ve attended WASB events like our regional meetings, legislative advocacy conference or state convention you’ve likely heard this advice before.
Here are a few suggestions for your discussions-–some of the education-related bills still pending for the final months of this legislative session: January 2018 Legislative Update
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.
See the WASB Advocacy Toolkit for additional suggestions and tips for how to effectively contact your lawmakers, sample materials and more.
Also, please be sure to attend the WASB Legislative Update presentation at the State Education Convention. That session will be held Friday, Jan. 19 from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Room 102 AB of the Wisconsin Center.
Make advocacy a New Year’s Resolution for your board in 2018! Thank you for your continued efforts on behalf of your students and communities.