Association News

Education Is Political - Be a Legislative Liaison

Jan 19, 2018

Information is power. It’s that simple. As public education employees, we must have as much information as we can get about where the political decision makers are headed and why—after all, every decision made about our public schools is a political decision. Moreover, we must elevate educator voice to our policy makers and help them make the right choices for our public schools.

That is why our Association’s grassroots legislative network is founded on the CEA Legislative Liaison structure. Each Legislative Liaison is assigned to one legislator. The job has two aspects: to lobby your legislator and to help coordinate member lobbying activities in your local.

Do you want to be a voice for your colleagues and students? There are two easy ways to do just that!

1. Sign up to attend one of the JCEA lobby days at the capital! Educators like you descend upon the capital a few times each session to elevate their voice and students’ needs as policy makers make important decisions about education legislation. Training is provided.
2. Read on for the full description of what it means to be a JCEA Legislative Liaison! We are looking for members to meet once a month with their legislator and other Jeffco parents and staff to have important conversations about pending education legislation. Training is provided.
3. Email Callie Orgeron (corgeron@coloradoea.org) if you’re interested or would like more info on either of these opportunities! 

Legislative Liaison "Job Description" or General Qualifications to be a Successful Legislative Liaison:

• Be an involved CEA-NEA member
• Have an interest in legislation and political action
• Be concerned about the future of public education
• Recognize that political decisions affect public school students, employees, classrooms, and schools
• Communicate effectively with legislators
• Present a professional image
• Have integrity

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Be familiar with the CEA Legislative Agenda and with CEA positions on bills
• Read the legislative updates from CEA via the CEA Today website and respond when asked (ceatoday.coloradoea.org)
• Establish a relationship with your assigned legislator
• Meet occasionally with your legislator at home and at the Capitol
• Contact your legislator by phone or email when asked to do so
• Provide your legislator with information on bills when appropriate
• Ask your legislator to support or oppose specific bills when asked to do so by CEA
• Refer to key bills by "bill number" when communicating with your legislator
• Work with other Local Association leaders to coordinate member lobbying
• Report all your contacts with your legislator to the JCEA Political Action Director and CEA lobbyists