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Testifying at the Legislature

Picture1.pngCommittee 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.

Additional Tips:
  • 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.
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