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One program each year is devoted to how educators can be involved in the legislative process. Delta Kappa Gamma was established in the state of Tennessee in 1929 and promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.
The speaker for the legislative program was Judy Fox Jackson of Thompson Station. The message she conveyed to the membership was the importance of being legislatively involved in a non-partisan manner with education issues. She outlined the many opportunities available for legislative involvement so that Delta Kappa Gamma members may be informed about legislation as it affects education. Jackson discussed the importance of communicating regularly and positively with legislators, providing a link between classrooms and our lawmakers.
Parents of children starting pre-kindergarten and kindergarten will be affected by legislation called the Stillings-Jackson Bill passed last year. The new deadline for students starting school has been moved from Sept. 30 to Aug. 31. The bill was named Stillings-Jackson to note the many years of involvement by Judy Jackson. As a first grade teacher, Mrs. Jackson focused a lot of effort on communicating the difficulties of the youngest students in the classroom. The message learned was that educators can be involved in the legislative process and affect change.
Mrs. Jackson emphasized, “Don’t underestimate your power. If you are a voter in the district, you have power!”
On Feb. 19-20, the following Beta Kappa members will attend the Legislative Symposium in Nashville — Meri Bigham, Teresa Brown, Helen Lowe and Cecelia Johnson.