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How to stay informed, get involved this legislative session

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With pro-public education and pro-union majorities in both the Senate and House, educators need to be involved with the legislative process now more than ever before and have the opportunity to be heard. 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. 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.

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.

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. 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.

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 when session starts, contact webmaster@edmn.org and put Capitol Connection in the subject line.

Attend rallies, take actions

Education Minnesota and our allies often hold rallies and ask members to take action during the legislative session. A rally for pension reform is already planned for Feb. 29. Education Minnesota also has campaigns to have members email their legislators on important issues during session. Watch Education Minnesota’s social media pages and the weekly Capitol Connection e-newsletter for more information on any in-person or digital actions or events taking place during session.

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