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Title: Advocacy 101


1
Advocacy 101
  • How to Advocate on Behalf of Your District
  • TASB Governmental Relations
  • TASA/TASB Convention
  • October 2009

2
Goals
  • To help school board members learn
  • What is happening during the interim
  • How to stay active during the interim
  • Which advocacy activities other trustees have
    tried and found successful
  • Hot issues to discuss with legislators and others

3
What is going on during the interim?
  • Legislative activities
  • Agency activities
  • Federal activities
  • Media activities

4
What is working for other trustees?
  • Houston-Area Lunch Group
  • Sarah Winkler, TASB President-Elect, Alief ISD
    Board President, sarah.winkler_at_aliefisd.net
  • Board members and others hold regular lunch
    meetings to discuss education issues
  • Local legislators are invited to participate
  • Legislative updates and action alerts are
    distributed to members during session

5
What is working for other trustees?
  • Williamson County Ring Districts
  • Sherry Johnson, Round Rock ISD Board Member,
    sjohnson_at_ymcawilliamsonco.org
  • School representatives from area schools work
    collaboratively to achieve advocacy goals
  • Members developed area advocacy agenda
  • Members approach legislators as a unified front

6
What is working for other trustees?
  • Adopt a Legislator Program
  • Karen Ellis, Richardson ISD Board Treasurer,
    karenkellis_at_sbcglobal.net
  • Board members each select a policymaker with whom
    to build a relationship
  • Board members provide local information to
    policymakers
  • Board members continue to develop relationship
    during and after legislative session

7
What is working for other trustees?
  • Bexar County School Board Association
  • Gary Inmon, TASB Vice-President,
    Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD Board Member,
    garyinmon_at_yahoo.com
  • Area districts coordinate certain media efforts
  • Members participate in editorial board meetings
    and other media events
  • Members develop similar messages

8
What is working for other trustees?
  • Legislative Scorecard Plainview ISD
  • Wes Naron, TASB Board Director, Plainview ISD
    Board Vice-President, wesnaron_at_gmail.com
  • Board works with legislators to identify regional
    priorities
  • Town hall meetings including educators,
    legislators and the community
  • Community hold legislators accountable for
    educational priorites

9
What should I be doing now?
  • Build relationships with legislators and
    candidates
  • Explain local impact of legislation to community,
    policymakers and media
  • Write letters to the editor and guest columns

10
Letter to the Editor
11
What should I be talking about?
  • School start date
  • Grading policy
  • School finance

12
Thank You
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