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Fairfield Hosts Round Robin Legislative Forum at School Board Meetings

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The Fairfield school board is an active board interested in legislation, advocacy and lobbying. Over the years they have engaged in various advocacy strategies, like attending Saturday morning legislative forums with local officials, traveling to Des Moines for IASB’s Day on the Hill and inviting legislators to tour their district. A few years ago, they decided to try something new and unique—a round robin style legislative forum hosted right at their own board meeting.

Due to its popularity and success, they have continued it every year since. Each board member chooses a legislative priority to speak on during the forum, shares why the priority was selected, the impact on the district, and then opens it up for legislators to ask questions. This past year, both legislators and candidates attended, due to the election year.

The forums are open to the public, and also live streamed for the community, like all their board meetings. A perk of the round-robin technique? Every single board member has a chance to speak and interact with legislators.

The board takes very seriously their role as the voice of community members, parents, teachers and students.

“Through our voices, legislators can see the impact of their decision and their votes. We represent our community’s perspective on public education.”