By Denise Dittrich, MSBA Associate Director of Government Relations
Here are four ways school board members can become better advocates for public education this year:
(1) Be Informed. Information is power. Lobbying with real-life experiences is your most persuasive tool. To help you gain knowledge about your school district and assist with your legislative agenda complete the recently updated 2014 Reference Guide for School Board Members.
Visit http://www.mnmsba.org/Portals/0/PDFs/BoardMemberReferenceGuide.pdf to download the Reference Guide.
(2) Legislative Updates. Sign up to attend the 2015 Joint Legislative Conference, get elected to the MSBA Delegate Assembly in 2015, and finally, get involved in local campaigns. By doing one or all these things, we are confident it will help you better serve your community as a local school board member.
(3) Stay Connected. Staying connected with MSBA allows us to provide the information and tools you will need to be a better advocate for our public schools. During the legislative session call into MSBA’s weekly conference calls to learn about the week’s upcoming legislative issues. Read our weekly newsletter, Capitol Compass. Our website is your one-stop shop for all the advocacy tools you will need: Facebook, Twitter, Blog and Capitol Compass. Make it a weekly priority to go to our website http://www.mnmsba.org for the latest news. Sign up for MSBA’s News Clipping Service that brings together education related news from around the state. Last, stay connected with your locally, elected decision makers. When you visit our website under Contact Your Legislators, sign up to access your legislator’s e-mail updates, Twitter accounts and Facebook pages.
(4) Take Action. Now is the time to take action to become a better advocate for public schools in 2015. We want to work with you to ensure that our voices are heard at the Capitol as we Stand up for Public Schools across the state of Minnesota.
Be an advocate by teaching others in your community how to be a better advocate by downloading all our advocacy tools at http://www.mnmsba.org/MemberOutreach: Advocacy Roadmap, Advocacy Cheat Sheet and Reference Guide for Board Members.