Virginia education groups headed to Washington during the last week to tell the state’s federal delegation just how important the stimulus package is to the urgent needs in our schools.
They were able to have a face-to-face meeting with Jim Webb but scheduling issues prevented Mark Warner from seeing the contingent personally. Undaunted, educators flooded Warner’s office with phone calls and emails outlining their concerns.
Instead of simply writing the customary and perfunctory “thank you for your interest” notes, Warner’s office set up a teleconference call for the Senator with over a hundred school board members, superintendents and other educators in Virginia.
The educators had a no-holds barred conversation with the Senator. Warner got to hear their concerns and ask his questions. And far more people were on the conference call than could have fit into an office visit.
Stuart Gibson, President of the Virginia School Board Association, praised the teleconference in front of hundreds of his members this afternoon.
Warner may only have one problem. Now that everyone knows about it, he could be spending a lot more time on the phone with his constituents.