Why do we need to engage?
Years ago, non-public schools were not impacted very much by what occurred at the Statehouse. However, that has changed dramatically today. Laws and regulations passed can have either a positive or a negative impact on our schools and our students. Whether it be related to state testing, academic standards, accreditation, school vouchers, health and safety standards or a variety of other regulation-related topics, it is critical that we have a coordinated non-public school voice prepared to engage in the legislative process.
For these reasons, schools must engage in the political process. As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, schools cannot support political candidates, but they can and should engage on the issues and encourage their teachers and parents to do the same. Engagement in public policy can help non-public schools advance their mission, protect their independence, and advocate for a parent’s right to school choice and access services and programs that benefit our students.
Starting in 2009, INPEA asked all non-public schools across the state to appoint a legislative liaison for their school.
What is the role of a legislative liaison?
This volunteer (typically a politically active parent) would serve as a conduit between the INPEA office and each school community on public policy issues. The role of the liaison would be to assist the school administration in keeping parents informed of important non-public school issues that are being addressed for possible legislation (in the General Assembly) or regulation (at the IDOE or State Board of Education). They would play an important role in engaging parents when a unified voice needs to be heard in Indianapolis on issues affecting non-public schools, positively or negatively.
2011-2013 Orientation and Training Slides