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As the traditional school year comes to a close and summer vacations are eagerly awaited, Michigan legislators will also be on a summer break. This doesn’t mean work in Lansing won’t be done or top issues ignored, but it does mean that constituents will have a greater opportunity to meet with their elected officials to discuss matters important to them.
Because of current term limits, legislators often do not have the opportunity to become knowledgeable on all issues. It’s imperative that we, as educators, take time to inform House and Senate members about issues that impact education. We must also have dialogue that is respectful and provide information that is rooted in fact, not emotion.
Here are some guidelines that can help you have a productive meeting with your legislator:
New or proposed legislation shouldn’t be the sole reason for contacting your legislator. Get to know them, what they stand for and against, and begin to build a relationship. While you may not always share the same viewpoint, you can begin to build the foundation for civil discourse.
Yours in Literacy,
Grace B. Velchansky, PhD
MRA Legislative Chair
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