At Stand for Children, We Show Up, We Speak Up, We Reach Out, and We Vote. On Presidents' Day, February 18, nearly 100 education advocates joined us at the Capitol to embody our motto and take a stand for children. Members met with their local legislators, shared their personal stories and heard firsthand the latest news on priority bills.
In a guest blog post for the Chalkboard Project, Parasa Chanramy, Stand's policy intern, reflected on the impact Stand members made that day:
"Ann Burgess, a fourth grade teacher from Eugene, came to Lobby Day to share more about how the budget cuts have affected her students and school. Burgess said, 'I feel that when Stand joins with me, we come as a team. I have the benefit of being well-prepared, appointments are made, [and] it’s easy to have access to the legislature where we’re meeting in a small group, we are having a close conversation, and we are able to dialogue—and that’s wonderful.' She highlighted that Lobby Day is 'an opportunity for my voice to be heard, [and] it’s also an opportunity for me to be informed.'
Several students from Portland State University and over 30 community members from Adelante Mujeres came to Lobby Day to learn more about how the legislative process works and how to advocate effectively....
...By the end of the day, many advocates explained that there is still a lot of work to be done when it comes to helping all kids receive an equal opportunity to succeed in school, career, and life. This sense of responsibility encouraged advocates to get other community members to be part of a coordinated effort to sustain more high-quality schools and programs for all children."
Read the full blog post here.