Know your Legislator
|Developing a good relationship with your legislators and their staff is one of the most effective ways to advocate for career and technical education and influence the legislative process. Legislators have to make decisions on a large number of issues. These issues are divided among staff members to follow. They watch the activity surrounding the issue and also responsible for learning about constituent support. Because staffers are not experts on any one issue, they rely on resources to keep them knowledgeable. You must be the person, however, who is proactive and offer to serve as a resource. YOU are the person who is serving on the “front lines” in the classroom, educating your students in the various programs offered through career and technical education. So you are the expert when it comes to how decisions will impact your students, your school, and your community.|
Contacting Your Legislator
• What is in it for me?
Kansas State Legislator Contact Information
(VE-II Funds)Since the 1992 legislative session, state .5 weighted monies have been available for state approved career and technical programs. These programs have been determined to be “high cost programs”.Carl D. Perkins Federal FundsThese funds are available to Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that have been through the approval process. The Federal legislation outlines specific directions for the use of the funds. A formula, developed at the Federal level, determines each school’s allocation.
When thinking about what issues are important, consider the issues you care about most. What gets topic, if brought up in conversation, really gets your heart pumping? What topics make you “get up on your soap box” about? When considering what is in it for you, think about the issue and what kind of impact it will make on the public if it is addressed. There are many roles you and/or your students can play—spokesperson, researcher, etc. Consider developing a policy briefing to make your case.