Legislative Advocacy Committee
- Adequate public school fundings
- Quality classroom experiences
Effecitive coalition-building and communication with state and federal legislators will empower all levels of government to elevate student success.
In 2004 the Davenport Community School Board approved the creation of the Legislative Advocacy Committee as a standing committee of the board. The board realized that in order to be effective advocates for public school education it was necessary to engage the larger community in advocacy efforts.
Our earliest efforts revolved around getting students involved in advocacy. We began by sponsoring school bus trips to Des-Moines during the legislative session to allow our students to engage local legislators in the context of the place where our state laws are created. We have done this annually (with the exception of a weather cancellation in 2008).
Our committee recognizes the important role we have in advocating for Davenport Community Students, however; we believe advocacy is most effective with state legislators when we are able to frame our message around all Iowa public school students.
Our purpose is threefold:
- Constituency Development: This gets back to the original reason for creation of the committee. The board realized that while they are elected to assure that the needs of our public school students is addressed, our message to local legislators were very predictable and had limited impact. Our primary goal therefore has been to engage other constituencies within our community and to help them find their voice for advocacy. We continually focus our efforts on students, however; we have also worked with early education advocates and teachers. Early education members continue to serve an effective advocacy role outside the Legislative Advocacy Committee.A huge aspect of constituency development is simply the building of relationships. Not only is the board’s relationship with the community enhanced but also the open engagement with state legislators has opened up communication channels that allow for the free flow of ideas and questions.
- Public Education: In order for constituent members to have an effective role in advocacy they need to be able to understand legislation and the process by which bills become law. The committee holds various functions during the year such as legislator socials, candidate forums, and Scott County school board forums.
- Legislation: The board looks to the committee for guidance on specific legislation being considered. Additionally the committee offers resolutions and positions they believe the board should consider. The committee works closely with the Superintendent on issues of specific legislation to assure that the district is speaking with a unified voice.
Members for the 2018-19 School Year
- Julie DeSalvo, Board Member (Chair)
- Ralph Johanson, Board President
- Dan Gosa, Board Member
- Rachael Steiner, Grant Manager, ASC
- Daniel Flaherty, Social Studies Teacher, Central High School
- Mary Correthers, Board Secretary
- Advocacy 101
- Davenport Community School District home page
- Legislative Talking Points Funding Equity
- Want to contact the Governor about a legislative issue: http://www.governor.iowa.gov/contact
- My Iowa Schools: www.myiowaschools.org
- Iowa Association of School Boards: http://www.ia-sb.org
- Local Legislators: http://www.scottcountyiowa.com/auditor/elected_officials.php?code=IA
- Contact our Board Secretary\Treasurer for any questions you might have. Mary Correthers, 563.336-7431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.