The House Education Committee also met this week to discuss the framework of the committee. Chaired by Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, this committee now lacks some of our champions for public education.
For the first meeting of the House Education Committee, all three subcommittees met together for a very brief overview of the division of the policy areas in the Department of Education. Sullivan asked the committee to consider three very important questions when constituents and lobbyists come calling. The questions are important for us, as activists, to consider as well.
- What is the problem to solve or behavior to change?
- Who is responsible for solving the problem?
- Is this an issue that is confined to one school, a few schools or a few school districts?
Finally, she suggested that not every problem requires legislation, and legislation can cause unintended consequences.