Testifying at the Legislature
Committee Hearings take place the first 30 Days of each Session. This is your opportunity to be heard!
- No one is more qualified to talk about your district than you!
- You too are an elected official, and a community leader
- You deal with a variety of issues at the local level
- You are seen as a key resource on education policy for your district
Speak to your personal experiences as a board member
- Use data, financials
- Be respectful, keep your cool. Imagine it happening to you at a school board meeting.
- OFFER SOLUTIONS!
- Tell legislators what they don’t already know, and how a particular bill impacts your specific school district.
- Provide copies of written testimony to all members of the committee, staff members, the news media, and other observers.
- Avoid reading written testimony to members.
- Waive the opportunity to speak if several others have already said what you wanted to say, and distribute your written statement.
- Keep your goal in mind and don’t let senators’ questions get you off track.
- Keep testimony brief.
- Answer questions as honestly as you can. If you don’t know the answer, say so, and offer to get the answer after the hearing.
- Avoid a public confrontation.
- Be yourself. Try to relax. Your influence will be greater if you speak from the heart.