Teachers often complain that we are left out of the policy talks. It is up to us to claim a seat at the table by establishing relationships with our elected representatives. These relationships are critical in ensuring that representatives turn to us, the experts, when education questions are raised. It is also important for representatives to hear from their constituents (which include educators) regularly in order to know how to best represent constituents' interests. I propose to work with teacher leaders to develop a plan for initiating and maintaining relationships with elected representatives.
Idea No. 167