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Advocacy

The WEMTA Legislative Committee is charged to maintain a communications network through which membership can respond to legislative and governmental issues of importance to the Association.

Current Co-Chairs are Annette Smith and Sandra Heiden Please click on their names to send them an email with any questions or concerns.

Committee Members are Robert Smiley, Kim Bannigan, Michelle Folk, Amy Kline, Tammy Lind, Kristin Leglar

Keep Informed: WEMTA Legislative Blog


 

WEMTA Legislative Agenda

2015-2017 WEMTA Legislative Agenda
For each biennium, WEMTA develops a list of important legislative issues on which to focus. The above link is to our 2015-2017 slate.

Advocacy: Be Informed - Be Heard

As educators, we believe in the importance of free and equitable access to information in a democratic society and in the importance of information literacy as a national bedrock principle. In today's schools, technology has greatly impacted instruction.  It is essential to have a highly qualified professional to have an effective information and technology programs to prepare students for work and college.  

In an increasingly complex world, with strong competition for state and national funding, the library community must speak - and be heard.

At the national level we are keeping watch on important issues such as the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and federal funding for  programs in support of school libraries and educational technology. Members are encouraged to contact federal legislators through CapWiz and to join ISTE Advocacy Network to stay apprised of national legislative issues.

As an organization, WEMTA works statewide, and nationally for policies and funding in support of

  • Public School Libraries
  • Public Education
  • Public Libraries
  • Educational Technology

Latest News on Government Issues

The Wheeler Report

The responsibilities of the Legislative Advocacy Committee are to:

  • Maintain a communications network through which members can respond to legislative and other governmental issues of importance to the Association.

  • Develop a working relationship with the Legislative Consultant and work together on legislative strategies for the Association and articles and reports for the Dispatch and listserv.

  • In collaboration with the Legislative Consultant, develop annual goals, a legislative advocacy agenda and a plan of action for accomplishing such and submit it to the Board for approval at its fall meeting.

  • Make recommendations to the Board of Directors for initiating legislative action of importance to the profession and work to implement such action.

  • Recommend specific action regarding legislative issues to the members on approval of the Board and/or the President.

  • Work cooperatively with ALA/AASL, ISTE, DPI, ECB, WLA and other organizations with mutual interests in sharing information, publicizing issues, and action in support or opposition of the same.

  • Mobilize members regarding critical issues via the most appropriate and effective communications tool.

  • Promote legislative awareness and education efforts through conference programs and coalition building efforts, e.g. Legislative Retreat.

  • Know and communicate with legislators and Department of Public Instruction officials and keep aware of current issues through the ALA Washington Newsletter, DPI newsletters, professional publications, etc.

  • Plan, promote and participate with WLA in the annual Library Legislative Day.

  • Promote and participate in the national legislative activities of our affiliated Associations.

Wisconsin Take Action

Contact your Legislator  http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx

Take Action  http://capwiz.com/nea/wi/state/main/?state=WI#0

Take Action for School Libraries and Student Learning  http://act4sl.wikispaces.com/

Fair Funding for Wisconsin Students  http://fairfundingforourfuture.org/

Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools  http://www.excellentschools.org/

Penny For Kids  http://www.apennyforkids.org/

Helpful Websites

Legislature
 
Legislative Fiscal Bureau: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lfb/
 
Legislative Reference Bureau: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/LRB/
 
Legislative Council: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lc/
 
 
OTHER GOVERNMENT RESOURCES
 
State of Wisconsin: http://www.wisconsin.gov/
 
Department of Public Instruction: http://www.dpi.wi.gov/
 
Governor Walker: http://walker.wi.gov/
 
Federal Government: http://www.usa.gov/
 
 
U.S. House of Representatives:  http://www.house.gov/
 
Library of Congress:  http://thomas.loc.gov/
 
Educational Communications Board: http://www.ecb.org/
 
University of Wisconsin System: http://www.wisconsin.edu/
 
NEWS SOURCES THAT FOCUS ON WISCONSIN GOVERNMENT
 
Wisconsin Eye: http://www.wiseye.org/