Sign Up Now to Receive Legislative UpdatesOne of my most important projects connected with this blog is to provide educators and citizens who volunteer as "Defenders of Public Education" with regular email notices of pending legislative and BESE actions so that our volunteers can communicate more effectively with their representatives at the legislature and to BESE members. If you have not yet signed up for my special email notices, I hope you will do so right away. All you have to do is send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name, your preferred email address, your cell phone #(optional), and your home zip code. The reason I need your home zip code is so that I can place you in your correct legislative districts for both Senator and Representative. This is critical because sometimes we will target our messages to particular legislators.
The Latest Legislative Report Card From the LAEThe first thing you need to know if you intend to communicate more effectively with your legislators is their voting record in relation to education issues. One of the best assessments of voting records I have found is at the Louisiana Association of Educators website. If you just go to the LAE website, you can download a chart showing how all Louisiana legislators voted in the 2013 legislative session on key issues affecting public education and public educators. Just check to see how your State Senator and State Representative voted on those key issues.
Here is the press release that was issued last month by the LAE concerning their most recent legislative report card: