Maricopans can become advocates for education


If you want to make your voice heard and be an effective supporter for your local school district and its students, advocacy training will be available on July 28.

Who should attend?
School board members, administrators, teachers, parents and community members who want to make certain their voices are heard on crucial educational issues at both the local and state levels should be present and are invited to attend.

What will be presented?
Participants will learn how to organize the key players in the community to lobby legislators about K-12 funding and other pertinent issues. They will also learn how to utilize informational resources and develop effective advocacy strategies.

Who will be presenting the information?
Both the Arizona Education Association (AEA) and the Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA) will supply presenters, including AEA Vice President Andrew Morrill.

According to local organizer and MUSD governing board member Tracy Davis, this event is extremely important. Parents and community members comprise an element that even entrenched legislators tend to respect. Presentations will include updates on the state’s budget, the basics of the legislative process and grassroots coalition strategies.

“Parents are their children’s best advocates. This presentation can teach us how to communicate effectively with our elected officials at the state level for the well being of our children,” said Davis.

If you go:

What: Advocacy training for those who support public education
Where: Maricopa High School lecture hall, 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave.
When: Tuesday, July 28; 6:30 p.m.

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