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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Are you making a difference? Get involved at the state and national level - Learning Advocacy skills


DKG members, do you want to improve the prospects of future generations of American women and children and educational issues? If so, it is crucial that you let your voice be heard.
  • Advocate for issues that are important to your community, state, and even nation.
  • Know the underlying legislation for your issue.
  • Know the facts and have a clear and concise message.
  • Start by writing letters to your elected officials and editors of newspapers.
  • Let your voice be heard on unfavorable actions.
  • Use personal testimonies to support your cause.
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with legislators and their aides.
  • Engage the public and make your voice heard.
  • Check out the following website for more information. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Be Informed on the Legislative Process - Part IV


 Part IV:  How can DKG State Organizations evaluate bills in their state legislatures?

The DKG California Education Law/Policy Committee has established a bill evaluator program to evaluate legislation in California. This program could be replicated by other states. In keeping with the state’s legislative priorities, the legislative advocate selects bills for consideration by DKG members. The selection of bills could be done by a Legislative Coordinator or Legislative Chair. Members throughout the state apply to be bill evaluators and then are offered an on-line bill evaluator training each year. The Legislative Coordinator sends the bill numbers to the bill evaluators, who can study the bills they choose to review. There is a link on the California legislative website which offers a bill’s number, the date a bill was introduced, its title, its author, the text, its history, any amendments, and its status in the legislative process. Bill evaluators are also encouraged to contact the author’s office staff to learn more about the legislation. After reviewing the information, bill evaluators complete a Google form which asks for the bill number and its title, the basic provisions of the bill and its background, and arguments for and against the bill, as well as groups supporting and opposing the bill. The evaluator also suggests a position that DKG California might take in relation to this legislation. The position might be to support, oppose, or watch the legislation. The Educational Law/Policy Committee then reads the bill evaluators’ recommendations and contacts members to write letters of support as needed.

Other states may wish to evaluate legislation in their states and can get more information about the bill evaluator program.
·         Go to dkgca.org and click on “Committees.”
·         Go to the Education Law/Policy Committee. 
·         Go to Legislative “Resources” and click on “Bill Evaluator.” 

Information about the bill evaluator program and the Google form that bill evaluators submit are included on that link. 


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