Here are some ways to communicate your policy makers:
Write an op-ed and send it to your local newspaper
Testify at a committee hearing
Take a State Board of Education member or a legislator out for coffee
Reach out to your legislator and ask for appointment to come to their office and talk
Here’s how to find your representatives:
First you need your 9-digit zip code. Don’t know it?Click here on USPS and input your address, city, state, 5-digit sip code and submit. This will generate your 9-digit zip code.
Click onProject Vote Smart and input your 9-digit zip code to find your representatives.
To paraphrase some of the significant remarks from the panel:
Parental involvement is the key for our children’s success!
Parents should pay attention, educate themselves, read, research, and do their homework.
Parents should take ownership; organize groups, get outside, talk, communicate your position, and push for excellence.
Parents have an obligation and a responsibility to our children and it’s never too late to start advocating for our children, our future.
Parents should get involved and make their voices heard during political challenges.
Getting involved in the political process as parents and constituents is so important and influential.
Can’t stay status quo; it just isn’t working anymore.
To improve funding we all need to come together to advocate for our children.
Education is a partisan thing; you are either for or against education reform.
And I leave you with this powerful and very meaningful message:
Don’t capitulate to fear!
Parents should be intimately involved not intimidated by being involved!
Thanks to the Colorado League of Charter Schools for an outstanding conference filled with learning and networking!