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Search through this session's legislation, check your legislator's
voting record, or even stay updated by email as bills move through the
contact your local legislators.
you want to find out who represents you in the new 108th Congress,
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Your Congress is the only site that combines
irreverent articles, behind-the-scenes information, and the
revolutionary Congress. Watch
tracking services to give everyone an easy and entertaining way to
find out what's going on in Congress.
Citizen's Guide to State Government Available
- A Citizens Guide to State Government is now available on-line! This
comprehensive document includes contact information for all elected
officials in Michigan, including photos, as well as committee lists
and other valuable information about the legislative process. It is a
MUST HAVE for legislative action! Print copies of the Citizen's Guide
are available from your local Representative or Senator.
the list of contact numbers for U.S. Legislators -
click here (pdf size=111kb)
Website: Keep Kids Learning
www.SpecialEdVoters.org is dedicated to identifying, endorsing,
and publicizing political candidates that support special education
and other related issues that affect children with special needs.
SpecialEdVoters.org is currently operating in Montgomery County,
Maryland. Among other things in 2002, SpecialEdVoters.org organized,
held a Board of Education Candidates forum on Special Education,
endorsed Board of Education candidates, formed a Political Action
Committee (PAC), and campaigned for endorsed candidates. We believe we
are the first organization to endorse political candidates for
supporting special education and special needs.
Updated Gongwer Directories to State Government Available Online
directories of executive branch and legislative officials are online
at the Gongwer Web site <www.gongwer.com/gongdir.html>.
The directories for House and Senate members include clickable
icons for each member's email address, their office location and
telephone and fax numbers. The directories for department directors
include those agencies with acting directors who will take office
later this year, and with a notation of who Governor Jennifer Granholm
has designated as the new directors.
It's a would-be activist's dream come true:
Someone with kindred values monitors
Congress and alerts you to significant
votes. Better still, they draft a letter to
your congressional delegation and ask if you'd like it
faxed right away.
to Keep the Promise to Michigan's Children
TOOLKIT: Ensuring the
Success of all Learners -
The time for advocacy on behalf of
students is now. And the voice needed is
yours. You may already be involved in
efforts to change policies, programs, and
perceptions to benefit learners. Such involvement is
crucial for educators today, for when
we do not create effective channels of
communication with legislators, the media,
and community members, others define the
policy agenda. The consequences of such ill-
informed efforts, even when well
intentioned, can be devastating to children and learning.
The stakes are simply too high for
educators not to engage in advocacy efforts.
This helpful toolkit offers tools including the
basics for planning an advocacy
campaign, tips for communicating with policymakers,
and the nitty-gritty on communicating
with the media.
The Office of Advocacy
- the National
Association of School Boards Legislative Action Agenda
National Governors Association (NGA) Center for
Best Practices - The
mission of the NGA Center for Best Practices is to help Governors and
their key policy staff develop and implement innovative solutions to
governance and policy challenges facing them in their states Through
the staff of the NGA Center, Governors and their policy advisors
can: quickly learn about what works, what doesn't, and what lessons
can be learned from others grappling with the same problems; obtain
assistance in designing and implementing new programs or in making
current programs more effective; and receive up-to-date information
about what is happening in other state capitals and in Washington,
D.C., so Governors are better prepared to react to emerging issues.