In an effort to to build better communication between educators and legislators, the Arkansas General Assembly designated September as annual “Take Your Legislator to School Month,” a resolution encouraging public school districts to plan evens with their local legislators.
A bipartisan initiative, HCR1008 was motivated by a need for members of the General Assembly to fully understand the issues and challenges facing public schools in their districts, as well as the innovative solutions our educators are developing.
The goals of the resolution are to allow Arkansas’ 257 school districts to showcase their success, allow faculty and staff to discuss challenges and to find solutions, Rep. Charlotte Douglas said.
“We know that if legislators are more involved with local school districts, it is only going to make education in Arkansas better,” Sen. Alan Clark said.
Examples of special events include allowing legislators to visit classrooms, read to students or present guest lectures; school-sponsored panel discussions in which administrators, teachers and students discuss issues facing their schools; or any activity that engages and involves legislators in the work of their public schools.
Schools can find which members represent their districts at arkansashouse.org.