KnowledgeBases > The Adolescent Literacy KnowledgeBase > Element 3 > Activity 4 > Task 3: Communicate with Legislators
State legislators set education policy through their budget setting responsibilities, thus impacting how state education funds are allocated to numerous educational needs. To improve adolescent literacy, state legislators need information about the issues and strategies associated with adolescent literacy development. Likewise, educators should possess an awareness of the legislative process and how to communicate with legislators.
This link to the Education Commission of States high school database addresses adolescent literacy. It provides information on what the states are doing in the area of adolescent literacy.
This link is University of Kansas' Community Toolbox explains how to establish relationships with state legislators.
This link is to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCLS) website. As noted at its website, the "NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues."
This link is to the National Association of State Boards of Education's (NASBE's) 2006 study group report on middle and high school literacy. The report lists concerns and outlines what states can do to address adolescent literacy. This report is particularly useful to state education agency leaders and staff members.
This National Governors Association guide for state governors outlines five strategies to pursue to improve adolescent literacy achievement.