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By Dr. John Urkevich, Executive Director

Today, November 4, 2008, is Election Day! One of the greatest freedoms we have in America is the access to vote, so be sure to visit your local polls today!

Yesterday, Cooperating School Districts welcomed a special group of visitors: Russian-speaking educators from Kyrgyzstan. The visit was coordinated through Irina Bronstein LaRose with the World Affairs Council of St. Louis and Diane Stirling with Cooperating School Districts’ CHARACTERplus. Thank you to both for their efforts.

Our visitors learned about the many services and programs offered through CSD that make a difference in the education of students in our region. From CHARACTERplus and the Virtual Learning Center to REAP and the International Education Consortium, CSD’s services help school districts work to improve the quality of education for all.

One of the topics of discussion was CSD’s advocacy work on legislative issues. I walked the group through CSD’s Legislative Action Center, a multi-faceted online tool that allows citizens to engage in the legislative process by learning more about bills and taking action on proposed legislation by contacting their legislators directly. The online tool allows you to input your home address and, at the click of a mouse, immediately obtain information about your national, state and local elected officials. If you have yet to visit CSD’s Legislative Action Center Web site, please do so by clicking HERE.

As we prepare for the start of the Missouri General Assembly, your interest and support of public education issues is vital. As I have shared before, it is the collective voice of constituents in our public school communities that truly make the difference in raising awareness and influencing legislators on important issues that impact public schools. CSD’s Legislative Platform is approved and will be used as a benchmark for advocating for our member districts. Please click HERE to view the platform.

Be sure to vote today!