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Reach Out to Your Legislators

By Dee Pettack | November 10, 2022

With the November election in the rearview mirror, now is the time to pick up the phone and congratulate your legislator(s) on their election victory.  Many of you have new legislators but, even if you don’t, now is a good time to reconnect and renew your relationships.

It is crystal clear to me that SAA members must enhance their influence with their legislators to realize better policy outcomes for children in the 2023-25 State Budget.

And, influence is all about relationships.  So, once you have congratulated your legislators on their election victory, invite them to visit your schools.  Use the visit as an opportunity to showcase the great things you are doing for students in your district.  It is critically important for legislators to see what learning looks like today.  In the process you will show your legislator(s) that you are an important source of information for them on K-12 education issues.

A couple more things to keep in mind.  It’s a good idea to coordinate your relationship-building efforts with your district’s administrative team behind the leadership of the superintendent.  Finally, remember the SAA’s success on state legislative issues is, in large part, dependent on your ability to influence your legislators at the local level.

Please contact the SAA for more suggestions on building relationships with your legislators.  Thanks for listening and, most importantly, thank you for all you do on behalf of the kids you serve.

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