Educate Lawrence was created by a group of Lawrence parents from schools across the city with a shared goal of educating Lawrence citizens about legislation affecting public schools and advocating for full and fair funding to educate Lawrence children.
Early in 2012, Superintendent Rick Doll asked each school principal in the district to work with site councils to designate a parent volunteer interested in learning more about current legislation and its potential effect on Lawrence Public Schools. The parents, along with teacher representatives designated by the Lawrence Education Association, would serve on a citizen group for legislative education and advocacy.
In the fall of 2013 Educate Lawrence met with local legislators to discuss legislative action and school advocacy planning. The meeting prompted Educate Lawrence to expand its outreach by creating a communication network of citizens that support public education and aligning with other existing organizations with similar goals.
Today, Educate Lawrence includes 14 core members who meet monthly to discuss educational issues and possible action plans. They communicate with a network of key communicators who assist them in informing Lawrence citizens about current educational issues. In turn, Educate Lawrence communicates with local legislators and other state organizations to stay current and increase their effectiveness.
Join Educate Lawrence as we work together to demand adequate funding for public education. This is our children’s future, our state’s future. We know Kansas can do better.
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