Do you want to make your voice heard in support of public education and our schools in Des Moines? Attend any or all of the following events being sponsored by the Community Legislative Action Team. Follow the Community Legislative Action Team on Facebook for event updates.

This is your chance to hear directly from your legislators and ask questions about education-related issues! These monthly virtual coffees are usually well attended. Join your neighbors and learn more about what’s planned for the session in 2020-21. Monthly coffees resume on January 9, and will recur every second Saturday through the legislative session. Check back to register for the March 13 coffee.

Legislators make decisions on funding that determine the quality of learning materials, class sizes and availability of supports in your school. Join us in the #ForMySchool campaign to write your state legislator and tell them what you appreciate about your public school and what your school needs to be even better. Grab a piece of paper, pen, envelope, stamp and craft your quick message. Then, snap a photo of you with your letter before you drop it in the mail. Post your photo on social media with #ForMySchool and tag your legislators and school district. All of those letters can surely send a message! Click here to see presentation slides from the for #ForMySchool Letter Writing Parties.

We kicked off the year with a Listening Campaign in September. If you weren’t able to make the meetings, the PowerPoint slides are available, just click here to access them. We learned more about the DMPS Board’s Legislative Education and Advocacy Committee and the Community Legislative Action Team (CLAT).

Let’s keep the momentum going and continue advocating for DMPS! CLAT hosted a virtual gathering on Saturday, Oct. 24, where members presented the findings of our Listening Sessions, conducted a brief “How to Engage Your Legislator” training and discussed the advocacy calendar for 2021.