ERIC Number: ED414639
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Legislation and the Public Schools: Making It Work. Fastback 420.
Wiget, Lawrence A.
Much of what educators do--and the resources for carrying out those activities--are influenced by politics. The purpose of this fastback is to help educators learn how to influence state-level political processes that affect schools. The fastback describes how to apply the principles of effective government relations, how to influence legislative and regulatory processes, and how to build active support from internal and external school publics. The principles of effective government-education relations include: (1) Remember who votes; (2) education speaks with many voices; (3) education must compete for resources; (4) legislators are elected; (5) school board members are politicians, too; (6) good laws take time to make; (7) it is easier to kill a bill than to pass one; (8) today's foe is tomorrow's friend; and (9) quantity does not equal quality. The booklet also describes the checks and balances in state government, the implications for a successful government-relations program, the process through which a bill becomes a law, the legislative session schedule, and the regulatory process. The appendix contains a primer on legislative protocol (lobbying and presenting testimony). (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Advancement, Lobbying, Policy Formation, Politics of Education, Public Relations, Public Schools, State Legislation
Phi Delta Kappa, 408 N. Union, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789; phone: 812-339-1156.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.