political process plays a huge role in education - not the least of
which being funding at the federal, state and local levels.
RIASP's , along with partner organizations NAESP
and NASSP, representing principals nationwide, have
lobbied continuously to impact the role government plays in public education.
In Rhode Island, funding is one of the biggest issues the legislature tackles - particularly the creation of and appropriations
to the public education funding formula. There are myriad other issues
impacting schools (school construction and repair, safety issues, and
others) that arise during each session of the legislature. RIDE,
through its legislative liaison, provides RIASP with lists of all bills
introduced and the actions taken on each throughout the legislative
session. This provides RIASP members an opportunity to provide input
with their representatives in an attempt to influence the legislation.
How you can you help
Principals, by virtue of their positions, are generally far more
informed on education issues that any other constituent group. It is
vitally important that your knowledge of education play a part in the development of and
action on legislation.
At the local level, maintaining a good relationship
with local school committees, city and town councils, and other elected
officials is of vital importance. You have the ability to create positive perceptions about your school,
your staff, and your students. You also have the opportunity to respond
to any negative perceptions.
politically effective relies, to a large part, on personal connections.
Your email, letter, or phone call to a local official or state
legislator has a greater chance of having an impact if you are known to
that official or legislator. If you have guest readers in your classrooms, invite elected
officials. The same goes for science fairs. The more contact people have with you
and your school, the greater their awareness will be of the positive impact schools can have.
are encouraged to give feedback to RIASP about the issues that are
important to them. You may contact the Executive Director at RIASP.