Advocating on behalf of our public school system is an important job and ASBSD’s Legislative Action Network (LAN) steps up to take on that task.
With the 2018 legislative session just two months away, we’re preparing for session by activating ASBSD LAN, which is designed to activate local school board members to communicate to legislators the positions of ASBSD and their local board on legislative issues relating to public schools.
Every school board appoints a board member, or board members should they want more than one, as its ASBSD LAN representative(s).
During session, ASBSD will periodically request LAN members contact their state legislators and communicate the legislative stance of ASBSD and their local school district.
LAN members effectively advocate the legislative positions that benefit public schools by:
- Maintaining dialogue with state policy-makers,
- Staying informed about current education issues,
- Contacting their legislators within a short period of time after receiving notice from ASBSD to advocate on behalf of their local board,
- Providing specific information to legislators from their local district perspective,
- Informing fellow board members of the relationship between state policy and public schools.
ASBSD plans to hold three training sessions for LAN members to explain their role in advocating, familiarize them with legislators and legislation expected to emerge in 2018. There will be two, in-person LAN trainings scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lunch provided (please register 72 hours in advance) and one online training webinar scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m.
Each event is free to attend and scheduled for:
- Saturday, Jan. 13 in Sioux Falls at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center (3200 W Maple St.)
- Saturday, Jan. 20 in Rapid City at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center (2111 N Lacrosse St.)
- Wednesday, Jan. 24 ONLINE Training Webinar (Go To Webinar Link)
“School board members are leaders in public education and must stay informed on the issues and active in the conversations affecting our schools,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said.
“At these trainings we’ll equip LAN members with the tools they’ll need to advocate effectively for public education.”
If you have questions about LAN or the training event, please contact Tyler Pickner at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 605-773-8382 or 605-881-3791.
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