Details on Lobby Days

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The most effective advocates for public schools in Minnesota are the front-line educators who guide our students toward successful lives every day, which is why Education Minnesota has made it easier than ever for members to participate in lobby days.

Local Lobby Days
Local lobby days will be scheduled and coordinated by local leadership and EdMN staff as they have been in the past. In 2023, these can be in-person or virtual.

Issue Lobby Days
As in past sessions, we will also host several issue-based lobby days, which are open to all active members.

At these events, Education Minnesota staff present research on an important education issue, and educators like you from across the state share your experiences and needs with legislators in attendance.

2023 Issue Lobby Day Schedule:

All 2023 Issue Lobby Days are virtual and will start at 4:30 p.m. Click on the link to register:

  • Monday, Jan. 30:  Why schools need more funding
  • Monday, Feb. 6:  Special education
  • Thursday, Feb. 9:  Mental health
  • Tuesday, Feb. 14:  English language learners
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15:  Achievement gap
  • Tuesday, Feb. 21:  Educator recruitment and retention
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22: ESP issues
  • Thursday, April 20: Pensions (full)
  • Tuesday, May 2: Health insurance/PEIP

How to schedule a local lobby day
When your local or intermediate organization has details of their lobby days finalized, please send the following information to Ashley Behrens before your scheduled date:

  • Date of visit (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are best)
  • List of locals attending
  • List of members and email contact information
  • Names of legislators who will be visited and time of visit

Education Minnesota staff will provide a 30-minute briefing for members on your lobby day. The briefing will include:

  • A brief review of issues to be lobbied, our position on those issues and information about the legislators members will visit.
  • Editing help, as needed, for the stories to be shared during the lobby visit.
  • Information we need from legislator visits before members log off for the day.