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First begin building your plan by understanding your constituency and building a relationship with your legislator. These two articles should get you on your way.
This action plan will help you organize your grassroots lobbying efforts. Use this action plan as a guide and reminder of what to do during various times of the year.
Perhaps your state representative or senator has been term limited out of office or is not running for re-election. This does not mean your grassroots efforts are on hold. Instead, it’s the ideal time to begin building a relationship with the person who will eventually become your legislator. Download this guide to grassroots lobbying with candidates.
Washington, D.C. may be 1,500 miles away, but it’s still important for Colorado’s members of Congress to hear from you, the local voice of the community. With all of the rule making and regulations being decided on for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the re-authorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) the decisions made on Capitol Hill will have big impacts on Colorado Classrooms. Stay in touch with the Colorado Congressional Delegation using these resources.
The following toolkit focuses on lobbying from the local level to the federal level.
Both CASB and the National School Board Association (NSBA) have useful resources for becoming well-versed on federal education issues.
The best way to impact Colorado’s Congressional delegation on education issues is to have regular meaningful interaction with members of Congress while they are at home in your district. Become knowledgeable on federal education issues, share your knowledge with other school board members and educate your Congressional representatives about the unique aspects of your school district and region.
To help you get started, use the following documents as a guide to lobbying Congress: