MASC advocates on behalf of Massachusetts school committees in all legislative and regulatory arenas, including at the federal level. The issues that are followed by Association staff, board of directors, MASC legislative committee and representatives to the Federal Relations Network have a direct impact on school district budgets, employer-employee relations, and the governance authority of every school committee in the state.
Staff Advocacy Efforts
- Monitor and report to members on legislative bills.
- Inform legislators of the impact of various bills from the school committee perspective.
- Testify at legislative committee meetings in which education-related bills are discussed.
- Participate in various political roundtables and other advisory groups.
- Assist in the implementation of education-related legislative programs by working closely with the Executive Office staff, the Department of Education, the state Board of Education and local districts.
School Committee Advocacy Efforts
As the largest group of elected officials in the state, school committee members can have significant impact on the state's legislative process by taking the following actions:
- Contact local legislators to discuss vital educational issues and community concerns.
- Provide legislators with information about key educational issues and explain the impact of proposed legislation on the K-12 public education system.
- Participate in MASC advocacy and legislative events including Day on the Hill, the Federal Relations Network, and the MASC Delegate Assembly.
How to Lobby Your Member of Congress
Current MASC members may view a series of videos from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) on effective lobbying. You must be logged in to view the video series.