We have two days remaining in 14 Days of Advocacy campaign. This presents two more opportunities for you to partner with MSBA to be effective advocates as school board members.
Let’s work together to communicate the issues and make sure our voice is heard at the state Capitol.
The start of the 2016 legislative session is just a few days away (on Tuesday, March 8). If we all join together we have the potential to be incredibly effective advocates.
We are effective because we have power. We have power because there are more than 2,000 school board members across the state. If we continue to build a strong grass-roots advocacy network and system, we will be heard and make a difference for the students in Minnesota’s public schools.
Minnesota has a teacher shortage problem. Teachers are retiring at a rapid pace, college students are not choosing the profession as they once did and our hands are tied at times when trying to hire teachers.
Minnesota needs to pass a comprehensive “Teacher Shortage Act” that would include short-term and long-term solutions to increase the number of teacher candidates licensed in the state, as well as attract out-of-state licensed teachers to Minnesota.
Write an email or make a phone call. Encourage your elected representative(s) and senator to pass the Teacher Shortage Act. Choose one or two ways to advocate and encourage others in your network and community to share, too. Here are some ideas to include in your correspondence or call:
Points to share:
- School district leaders cite difficulty in filling certain positions such as special education, math, science and language.
- 6 percent of the current teachers are working on a waiver.
- Classrooms are becoming more and more diverse and teachers are not reflective of our students.
- School boards need flexibility in recruiting, hiring and retaining qualified teachers from out-of-state.