Allow Me to Introduce Myself
My name is Brad Lundell and I am the new government affairs specialist—fancy name for lobbyist—for MSPA. I began working with MSPA during the 2014 Legislative Session and I am happy to be continuing that work in the coming year.
I have worked on a variety of different education issues during my time as staff person to the Minnesota Senate education committee in the late-1980s and my experience as a lobbyist for a number of education-related clients starting in 1991.
I have always had great respect for school psychologists and the important work they do with students across a broad spectrum of ages and abilities. One of the more exciting trends I have witnessed during my career is the customization of curriculum and teaching methods to match the individual needs of students, and school psychologists have been central to this development. Add to that the important work performed by school psychologists in meeting students’ non-academic needs and helping maintain a positive school environment in a world of growing complexity and it’s easy to see how school psychologists are of central performance in learning environments throughout the state.
The year ahead will be a very interesting as the Safe Schools legislation takes effect. MSPA supported this legislation, but that is only half of any battle when it comes to the development of policy. How this law will be implemented still puzzles many school administrators and we won’t know how things will turn out until a considerable amount of time has passed in the 2014-2015 school year. I just know that school psychologists will play a key role in making certain the law works the best that it possibly can.
It is also an election year for the Minnesota House of Representatives. I would urge all of you to attend events where House candidates will be appearing, introduce yourself, and describe your duties in your school district. Many legislators have little, if any, idea of what a school psychologist’s day looks like and it is always a good thing to make a connection with legislative candidates and become their go-to person on issues important to school psychologists. The average legislator is a member of 3 or 4 committees and it’s impossible for them to become experts on every issue that they will face during the legislative session. That’s where you come in. As an expert, you can provide legislators with perspectives they may need to make the policies they pass effective in meeting the problems they are attempting to address.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the legislative process or the election season. I am always happy to provide answers to your questions. I can be reached by cell at 612-220-7459 or at my e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (that’s three “l’s”). Again, I look forward to working with you and hearing from you.