Does your Local Association have a Fund for Public Education Committee? 30 | KNOW • Volume 12 Issue 2 Why Not? Like it or not politics affect our lives in so many different ways. As public school employees, decisions made at the local level can impact much of what you do in your profession on a daily basis— determining the length of your school day or school year, class size, curriculum/course content, Social Security participation, students’ rights and protections, and many more areas. The most effective way in which we can achieve significant gains for members and for public education is through political organizing. A local political action committee allows associations to directly participate in the political process by: • Seeking candidates to run for school board and other races; • Supporting/endorsing candidates for public office • Making financial contributions to candidates • Volunteering in campaigns • Partnering with other locals groups on behalf of a supported candidate In too many places, from too many quarters, public schools and teachers are under attack. We face great issues. We must elect public officials who will be responsive to the needs of our students and school employees. To learn more about organizing a local Fund for Public Education Committee, contact the GAE Government Relations office, Tracey-Ann Nelson, Director — 1-800-282-7142, ext. 1144 or 678-837-1144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
KNOW Summer 2014
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