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 as we focus on the need to extend support for our English Language Learners, expand funding for students in poverty, and ask the legislature to increase the SSA to meet the needs of all students.

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During a typical  legislative session, DMPS-CLAT holds regular coffees with members of our legislative delegation the second Saturday of each month. In addition, CLAT usually schedules a “Day on the Hill” for DMPS representatives to talk with legislators at the State Capitol about issues important to the school district.

Due to Covid-19, this year, we will start our coffees online, in hopes of gathering in-person as the year progresses. Our first coffee will be held in November (exact date TBD). We are still working on details for our “Day on the Hill,” but will send updated information when it is available.

New this year, something we are very excited about, is our Listening Campaign. CLAT will kick-off the campaign with two virtual meetings (see dates below). These are opportunities for the public to learn more about CLAT and for CLAT to connect with the public, share experiences, and build momentum for the upcoming school year and legislative session. The two Zoom meetings will be held on:

If you would like to join, please click on your preferred date to register and receive a link to the meeting of your choice.

Be sure to read more about the top issues for Des Moines Public Schools by reading our 2020 Legislative Priorities. Our 2021 priorities will be confirmed and posted soon!

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