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How to stay informed, get involved this legislative session

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This legislative session with pro-public education majorities in both the Senate and House means educators need to be involved with the legislative process now more than ever before. We can win what we, our students and our schools need if we hold elected officials accountable. Educators are the most effective advocates for public schools!

Share your story at a lobby day

Local union and intermediate organization lobby days can be in person or virtual and scheduled through your union and IO leadership and Education Minnesota staff. We will be hosting several issue-based virtual lobby days, in addition to local lobby days, which are open to all active members. Topics to be determined. For more information, go to www.educationminnesota.org/advocacy/at-the-legislature/lobby-days.

Meet with legislators when they are back in their district

If your legislators are back in their district and if they are having any public meetings, attend one! Invite your local legislator to your school, campuses and classroom, in a safe way. The more they can see and hear about what is going on in their local schools, the more likely they might be to fight for what you need. If locals or members want to schedule a formal meeting with the legislator, contact your Education Minnesota field staff. Education Minnesota also plans to host regional meetings with legislators. Watch for more information about those meetings to be shared in emails and on our website and social media channels.

Raise your voice by testifying at a hearing

Committee hearings are a focal point of the legislative process at the Capitol and give educators the chance to share their stories and make their voices heard. Contact Education Minnesota’s lobby team at lobbyteam@edmn.org if you’re interested in testifying. The team can help you prepare your remarks and make sure you are where you need to be.

Read the Capitol Connection e-newsletter

Every week during the legislative session, Education Minnesota sends an e-newsletter called Capitol Connection to all members. Capitol Connection summarizes the most recent actions affecting public education at the Legislature, and looks ahead to upcoming issues, hearings and activities. If you’re a member and haven’t begun receiving the Capitol Connection, contact webmaster@edmn.org and put Capitol Connection in the subject line.

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