Community Legislative Action Team
Make Your Voice Heard for our Students
The DMPS Community Legislative Action Team (DMPS-CLAT) is made up of parents and other community members who recognize the need for more awareness of how specific legislative actions affect our schools, and actively advocate for policies that increase student success.
To be successful, this group needs one thing: YOU. It’s important that the voices of parents, grandparents, community members and others are heard by our legislators and the Governor so they know how important education and schools are to our children and all of Des Moines.
Join us this year as we focus on the need to extend support for our English Language Learners, expand preschool funding for students in poverty, and continue the penny sales tax to improve and maintain our school buildings.
To join this continuous effort and/or to stay informed on the issues, upcoming meetings and more, join the mailing list by clicking here.
KEY DATES FOR THE 2017 IOWA GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Third Saturday Coffee with Des Moines Legislative Delegation
Join members of DMPS-CLAT and members of the Des Moines School Board at monthly meetings with the legislators who represent our school district.
WHERE: Hubbell Elementary Library, 800 42nd Street
WHEN: The coffees will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 AM on the following dates:
- Saturday, January 21
- Saturday, February 18
- Saturday, March 18
- Saturday, April 15
- Saturday, May 20
DMPS-CLAT Advocacy Day on the Hill
Join the DMPS Community Legislative Action Team on Thursday, February 9 for a Day on the Hill to advocate on behalf of the District’s priorities:
* Expand preschool funding for children living in poverty;
* Expand funding for English Language Learners; and
* Extend the SAVE penny sales tax.
We’ll start at East High School at 8:30 AM for training and preparation. Then we’ll head to the Capitol as a group to connect with legislators. This is a great opportunity to share your voice on behalf of our kids and our schools. You don’t need to have any advance knowledge to join us, you just need to care about our kids! We’ll help with every step of the process.
READ OUR ISSUE PAPERS
For the 2017 session of the Iowa General Assembly, DMPS-CLAT is focused on the need to extend support for our English Language Learners, expand preschool funding for students in poverty, and continue the penny sales tax to improve and maintain our school buildings.
To learn more about these three issues, and why they are important for students, teachers and school in Des Moines, please read our position papers:
- Extend Support for ELL Students
- Expand Preschool for Students in Poverty
- Continue Sales Tax for School Facilities