Take Your Legislator to School Month

About

Each fall, as Arkansas students prepare to return to the classroom, members of the General Assembly reach out to their local school districts in an effort to build better communication between educators and legislators.

Fast Facts

  • 1064 — Total number of schools in Arkansas
  • 238 — School Districts
  • 477,268 — K-12 Student Enrollment
  • 32,818 — Number of Teachers

Goals

  1. Allow districts to showcase their success
  2. Allow faculty & staff to discuss challenges
  3. Find Solutions

Event Ideas

HCR1008 encourages public school districts to plan special events with their local legislators, such as:

  • Allowing legislators to visit classrooms
  • Inviting legislators to read to students or present as guest lecturers
  • Hold school-sponsored panel discussions in which administrators, teachers, and students discuss issues facing their schools

Find the Legislators Representing Your School District

The Arkansas School Board Association's website provides phone numbers & active emails to: 

  • Arkansas State Representatives
  • Arkansas State Senators
  • Education Committee Members
  • Judiciary Committee Members
  • Revenue & Taxation Committee Members
  • State Agencies & Government Affairs Committee Members.

Meet Your Legislators

History

In the 2015 Regular Session, the Arkansas General Assembly passed HCR1008, the resolution designating September as annual “Take Your Legislator to School Month”.  This bipartisan initiative was motivated by a need for members of the General Assembly to fully understand the issues and challenges facing public schools in their districts, as well as the innovative solutions our educators are developing. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Bills are introduced every session that began when an Arkansan approached their legislator.


In fact, some laws even began as ideas from students.  This video shows a recent example:

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Resources

HRC1008 - 90th General Assembly - Regular Session, 2015

Establishing "Take Your Legislator to School Month" to foster & promote productive working relationships between members of the General Assembly & Public School officials.

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News Articles

Take Your Legislator to School Begins

Arkansas Legislators to Participate in 4th Annual "Take Your Legislator to School Month"See full News ReleaseLittle Rock, Arkansas (August 8, 2018) –...

Take Your Legislator to School Begins

NEWS RELEASE For more informationCecillea Pond-Mayo (501) 537-9303cecillea.pond-mayo@arkansashouse.org ARKANSAS LEGISLATORS TO PARTICIPATE I...

Take Your Legislator to School Begins

Arkansas Legislators to Participate in 3rd Annual "Take Your Legislator to School Month"See full News ReleaseLittle Rock, Arkansas (August 15, 2017) –...

Take Your Legislator to School

As Arkansas students prepare to return to the classroom, members of the 90th General Assembly are reaching out to their local school districts in an e...


Events

1 Sep
Take Your Legislator to School Month September is designated as “Take Your Legislator to School Month” Arkansas Schools 9/1/2019 - 9/30/2019