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Lobbying isn't hard—and it can be fun. You don't have to be an expert on school finance or anything else but you are the expert on how legislation will affect your students and your school.
Here are some tips for effective lobbying:
Keep on top of the issues by regularly visiting our website.
The most effective member-lobbyists are those who have developed a personal relationship with their legislators. Plan to keep in touch throughout the session via letters, phone calls, or personal visits when they are home for the weekend.
If you plan to meet with your legislator at the General Assembly during the legislative session, be sure to schedule an appointment in advance.
Personal letters are always appreciated. Remember to stick to only one or two issues at a time, provide real-life personal examples, and be polite. Also, don't forget to carefully proofread your letter.
You can reach legislators through our Legislative Directory. Before you use your school e-mail account to correspond with your legislator, be sure to check your school district's policy on personal use of e-mail. A good rule of thumb is to always use your home email address.