One of the most important steps in developing relationships with your state lawmakers so you can effectively advocate for your students and districts is to get them into your schools. Back to school events are a great opportunity to do so. Even if you do not hold a formal event, you can invite them for a tour.
These sorts of events or tours are a great opportunity to “educate” your legislators. While you certainly want to show off all the great things you are doing, also make sure to take the opportunity to inform them of your challenges and needs. The more time your legislators spend with you and your students, the more likely they will be to support your cause (or at least understand it better).
Take photos of the visit and post them on your website and social media. If your local newspaper covers your meetings, invite them to take a photo for the paper.
If your legislator was particularly helpful on a particular issue or with regard to the state budget make sure to thank them for their support.
As we posted earlier, the dates and locations of four public hearings of the legislature’s powerful Joint Finance Committee (JFC) on the state budget have been announced. Members of interest groups and the general public may testify, while testimony from lobbyists is frowned upon. These hearings are a great chance for your board to provide testimony highlighting the most important issues for your district. Continue reading April advocacy tip: testify at a JFC budget hearing
The WASB has often encouraged school boards to adopt resolutions on various topics as part of a board’s legislative advocacy. From time to time, the WASB provides sample board resolutions on specific topics. We also post resolutions adopted by local school boards on our “Boards Taking Action” webpage.
Here’s some advice on how to ensure that your board resolutions will be part of an effective strategy in influencing your lawmakers:
Continue reading February advocacy tip: Use board resolutions effectively
We hope to see you in Milwaukee for the 2019 State Education Convention. You have many excellent choices for sessions to attend and we would like to highlight two here for your consideration: The WASB Legislative Update and The Blue Ribbon Commission: Where Do We Go From Here? featuring co-chairs Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) as well as commission members Michelle Langenfeld (District Administrator-Green Bay), Joni Burgin (District Administrator-Grantsburg), Ted Neitzke (Administrator-CESA 6) and Dan Rossmiller (Govt Relations Director-WASB).
See below for details on each session: Continue reading January advocacy tip: Plan to attend legislative update, school funding commission sessions at convention
NOW is the time to get started on your advocacy efforts with your state legislators before the 2019-20 legislative session begins on January 7. Make a friend before you need a friend! For more tips and advice from WASB on advocacy, see the newly updated Legislative Advocacy Toolkit. Here are some things to consider for laying the groundwork for your advocacy plan: Continue reading December advocacy tip: Lay the foundation for successful legislative advocacy
Next Tuesday, Nov. 6, is the Fall General Election. In this month’s tip we will provide information on how to determine who is on your ballot and how to research their positions on the issues.
What’s on the ballot on Tuesday?
Continue reading November Advocacy Tip: VOTE on Tuesday!
As a member of the WASB, you have the opportunity to play in active part in determining our positions on key issues. The Policy & Resolutions Committee plays an integral role in what resolutions are debated and voted on each year at the Delegate Assembly meeting at the State Education Convention. Resolutions adopted at the Delegate Assembly become the official positions of the WASB.
The Policy and Resolutions Committee is appointed annually by the WASB President following recommendations made by the members of our Board of Directors. The committee is comprised of a least one school board member from each WASB region and from each type of school district (i.e., common, unified, K-8 and UHS). Continue reading June advocacy tip: consider serving on WASB Policy & Resolutions Committee