FROM THE CHAIR
From the Chair:
Time for Resolutions??? Old and familiar...lose weight, exercise, plan and eat a better diet,practice deeds of kindness, get more sleep, etc. How about resolving to lobby more, to come face to face with your legislator and tell him/her that you are resolved not to let another year pass without a COLA? That is exactly what we should all be resolving to do! Remember there are other ways to lobby besides the face to face – letters, emails, texts, phone calls, but be assured, NOTHING beats the face to face contact! Your legislators need to be reminded that you vote; that 2016 is an election year; that the lives of educators matter; that no one who has given his/her life in service to young people should be left out of a decent cost of living raise. Last year when lobbying, I actually talked to a legislator who still thought a 13th check was another one of the regular checks---did not realize that we were talking about a onetime check of approximately $365 once taxes were taken out of it.
That is a raise for an entire year? Hardly! And to make matters worse, do you remember that this is eight years with that shoved in our faces? Now are you resolved to lobby? Join your colleagues on January 20 for the "Kick-off" of the short session. Meet us on the 2nd 6loor at 3:30 p.m. for a brie6ing, a challenge from Supt. Glenda Rita, and a reception in the statehouse. Invite YOUR legislator to the latter and get started. I am resolved? Are you?
As always, let me know if you have questions or concerns.
ISTA Retired Chair
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