Happy New Year – and may it prove so for advocates of Highly Capable Programs!
The upcoming session of the Legislature will be one of the most consequential in recent state history. Budget and revenue problems are vexing; reorganization of government is on the table; revisiting the priorities of government is sure to be an issue. Should already enacted education reform proceed or be delayed? For gifted advocates, the very existence of Highly Capable Programs may be at risk.
To assist you to most effectively lobby the Legislature, here are several links to informative web sites. For those who have been doing this for a few years, they serve as a refresher course. For those who are new to the work of advocacy, they are an excellent beginner’s course in citizen activism.
The following are from the state Legislature web site.
Citizen’s Guide to Effective Legislative Participation
Overview of the Legislative Process
How a Bill Becomes a Law
How to Testify in Committee
For a quick overview from a prominent advocacy group, go to:
Over the coming weeks we will be providing you with information to assist you in lobbying your Legislators on behalf of Highly Capable Programs. There will also be calls to action that will need your immediate attention: in the Legislature things either seem to drag on or to happen with lightning speed.
And please plan to be in Olympia on February 11, 2011, for Gifted Education Day in Washington 2011 – the ultimate in up close and personal contacts with your Legislators and other advocates. Look for the Handbook coming next week and regular messages about issues and problems.
Thank you for your ongoing support of Highly Capable Programs.