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Educational Advocacy

Our committee meets several times each year with local and state officials. We hope to be able to visit our legislators in Albany again once pandemic restrictions are lifted.

October 26, 2021 Update:
Committee members had an interactive discussion related to effective advocacy, the importance of relationships to build strong advocacy connections, when you should lobby, and effective communication techniques before, during, and after a meeting.  We planned our next meeting at Commack High School on Monday, November 8 at 7:00am.  Student members communicated the platform that they wanted to work on for this year.  In addition, the committee decided to focus on the mental health and school funding platforms for our upcoming meeting with Senator Mattera on Tuesday, November 9. Students received a shared Google doc, worked on their Chromebooks exploring the platforms from 20-21 school year and began the review process. We planted the seed for upcoming work in subcommittees to focus on communication, external community outreach, and internal community outreach.

Lobby Day in Albany 2020

Advocating with Senator Flanagan

About the Committee:

The Legislative Advocacy Committee is comprised of the Superintendent of Schools, Board of Education members, Commack residents, High School students, Commack staff, and members from the collective bargaining units. Interested community members were invited to apply to join the District’s newly created Legislative Advocacy Committee.  

The Legislative Advocacy Committee was established to assist the Board of Education in implementing solutions regarding legislative matters. The Committee centers its efforts on assessing the impact of existing and proposed State and Federal education legislation, promoting legislation that supports the District’s mission, and communicating vital information to our residents.  Further, the Committee is charged with effectively communicating Commack’s needs to our local, State, and Federally elected representatives.
 
On March 5, 2019, the Legislative Advocacy Committee traveled to Albany to communicate Commack’s needs to our local and State-elected representatives. The high school student advocates traveled on a bus with other Commack students who performed in the Grand Concourse as part of the Commack’s musical performances for the day. The Committee, led by the high school student advocates, discussed the following platforms items, Foundation Aid, School Safety/Security, Charter Schools, Eliminating Unnecessary Testing, and Common Core. High School students framed talking points based upon our platform and delivered our message directly to the following officials Senator James Gaughran, Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, Deputy Secretary of Education Dan Fuller, Senator John Flanagan, and Assemblyman Andrew Raia. The Legislative Committee also had the opportunity to appear as guests in the Assembly Chambers. At that time, the Speaker of the House Carl E. Heastie, honored Commack. It was a memorable day that made each of us Commack Proud!  Please click here for the photos from our day in Albany!

Why We Advocate - Access to Opportunities

Advocacy Efforts

The Advocacy Platform Commack Legislative Advocacy Committee
Our advocacy platform is included in this document.
For Students with Disabilities to Earn a Local Diploma
Advocacy Platform
Contact Information
By Mail:  P.O. Box 150, Commack, NY 11725
By Phone:  (631) 912-2000
By Email: [email protected]
Directions to Commack Schools
The Commack School District Mission Statement
Within the context of a caring community of learners, our primary mission is to provide an exemplary
learning experience that will allow each child to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes, and
values to become a successful, contributing member within our school community and greater society.
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