California Association of School Psychologists



 

A Quick ‘How To’ Guide For The Field


  • Write a letter
  • Send a fax or e-mail.
  • Meet with local legislators and staffs.
  • Send informational reports and data.
  • Write a letter to the editor.
  • Appear on local TV and radio shows.
  • Attend events.

Tips for Writing Your Legislator

  • Letters should be typed and on Letterhead
  • Letters should be addressed as follows:
    • The Honorable First and Last Name
    • California State Assembly/Senate
    • State Capitol Building
    • Sacramento, CA 95814
    • Re: Issue or Bill Number
    • Dear Assembly member/Senator Last Name:
  • Try to limit your letter to one specific subject.
  • Explain how the bill impacts the Legislator’s District/Constituents.
  • State your position and request a specific action.
  • Always thank your legislator for their time and consideration.
  • Send a copy of your letter and any reply to CASP.

Remember!

CASP staff are always ready to assist.

Meeting With Your Legislator and/or Staff

Prior to the Visit:

  • Have a reason to visit your legislator.
  • Discuss with other colleagues and CASP staff.
  • Call or write for an appointment.

During the Visit:

  • Have confidence.
  • You do not have to go alone.
  • Clearly note the purpose of the visit.
  • Avoid insisting on a commitment before you leave.
  • Write a thank you letter to follow-up.
  • Rely on CASP staff to give you a helping hand.

Additional Tips to Being an Effective CASP Advocate

  • Get to know your local legislators and staff.
  • Know your Legislator’s interests and background.
  • Come prepared for meetings and discussions.
  • Always tell the truth.
  • Do not be afraid of saying “I don’t know”.
  • Try to become an information resource.
  • Show your appreciation.