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 2019 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). Each appointed LAN member earns their board 25 ALL points.
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 FOUR, FREE training sessions for LAN members to explain their role in advocating, familiarize them with legislators and legislation expected to emerge in 2019. 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 two online training webinars scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m.
Each event is free to attend and scheduled for:
- Wednesday, Jan. 16 ONLINE Training Webinar (Go To Webinar Link)
- Saturday, Jan. 19 in Rapid City at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center (2111 N Lacrosse St.)
- Saturday, Jan. 26 in Sioux Falls at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center (3200 W Maple Street)
- Thursday, Jan. 31 ONLINE Training Webinar (Go To Webinar Link)
“As the elected leaders in public education, it’s imperative for school board members to be active participants advocacy,” 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 email@example.com or at 605-773-8382 or 605-881-3791.
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