How to stay informed, get involved this legislative session

Now more than ever, educators need to have their voices heard so that our priorities of strong public schools and support for students remain priorities for our legislators. Educators are the most effective advocates for public schools.

The decisions state legislators make affect members’ classrooms, schools and the education profession in general.

Share your story at a lobby day

All local unions or member groups can sign up for a lobby day. Education Minnesota will set up appointments with the legislators in your area and provide resources for how to share your story effectively. Substitute, mileage and food reimbursements are available. For more information, go to www.educationminnesota.org/advocacy/at-the-legislature/details-on-lobby-days.

Meet with legislators when they are back in their district

While most of the policy takes shape at the Capitol, legislators are often back in the districts they represent. Watch your legislators’ schedules to see when they are in the district and if they are having any public meetings. Invite your local legislator to your school, campuses and classroom. 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 while they are in the district, contact your Education Minnesota field staff.

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 before a legislative committee. The team can help you prepare your remarks, make sure you’re on the agenda and get you in the right place at the right time.

View our legislative agenda online, connect with our lobbyists on issues you care about

Education Minnesota has lobbyists who spend their time fighting for public education and educators every day. But we still want to hear from you! Contact lobbyteam@edmn.org if there is something you care about that you would like us to fight for. Education Minnesota’s legislative agenda is an overarching vision of what the organization believes the Legislature should do to ensure Minnesota has the best learning and working conditions in its public schools. Read our full legislative agenda at www.educationminnesota.org/advocacy/at-the-legislature.

Read the Capitol Connection e-newsletter

Every Monday 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 activities. If you’re a member and don’t receive Capitol Connection but would like to, contact webmaster@edmn.org and put Capitol Connection in the subject line.

Connect with Hustle text alerts

Education Minnesota uses the texting platform, Hustle, which is a peer-to-peer mobile texting app. If you have given Education Minnesota your cellphone number, you may start receiving texts in regards to legislative issues that need your attention or action. If you receive a text, you will be able to write back and engage in a conversation about how to get involved and active.