Institute of Politics

Strengthening Relationships in Education

The Institute of Politics Education Policy Committee has recognized that legislators are very interested in what school administrators have to say about which educational policies are working and which are not working in their districts. However, they mention that, for a variety of reasons, school administrators are not always effective at communicating with legislators and other policymakers about what is best for their students. The Institute has been asked to consider developing programs that would build capacity among superintendents and other school leaders to serve as more effective advocates for the students in their districts.

The committee co-chairs, Rodney Ruddock, the Commissioner of Indiana County and Stanley Thompson, Education Program Director of The Heinz Endowments, have agreed to a planning meeting to discuss the development of an event that will bring school administrators together with school board members and legislators to help open lines of communication and to encourage more effective dialogue between the stakeholders.