1) Be Informed
Know thew issues and your lawmakers. Know where they stand on issues important to students and educators. Use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media to gain insight on their stance on our issues.
2) Contact Your Lawmakers
A recent study found that 97 percent of congressional staffers agree that in-person visits from constituents influenced lawmakers most. But for many. in-person visits during the school day are impossible. Making phone calls, writing letters, and sending emails is also effective. The study found that these personalized communication methods had greater impact that a professional lobbyists's efforts.
3) Be Persuasive, Personable, and Patient.
In comminications with lawmakers, tell your story in a manner that is professional and upbeat. Personalize talking points provided by NEA-NH with your own experiences. Once you've made contact, stay in touch with your lawmaker. And remember that political decision making can be lengthy, so don;t get discouraged.