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Frequently Asked Questions

The Legislative Education Staff Network (LESN) is a network of legislative staff from across the nation who are involved in education issues in their respective states. LESN is a product of joint activities between the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the Education Commission of the States (ECS).

The listserv is a marvelous communication tool that gives LESN members the opportunity to post questions and provide answers or suggestions. The listserv is essentially a collaborative email list.

Legislative staff who specialize in Education issues. Participants include both partisan and non-partisan researchers, policy analysts, legal drafters, fiscal analysts, issue advocates, performance analysts, and NCSL and ECS staff.

It is a great way to keep an ear out for what education issues are on the “radar screens” of various state legislatures. NCSL also maintains an Education Bill Tracking Database.

It is a great link to research, data, and people who work every day with education issues. 

It generates email that must be managed. Deleting email is easy. Beyond your initial decision to delete or respond, the priority/actions decisions belongs to each user.

You are regularly reminded that there are always new things to learn related to education.
Opportunities tend to arise to involve yourself in areas of your specific interest.
Everyone reads/processes at different rates. Those who tend to process a lot of information quickly and generally work faster may find the listserv to be more helpful than those with a more methodical style.

Just the typical, common-sense guidelines: Avoid promotion or solicitations, watch for conflict of interest, and beware of using too many words. In general, try to use the listserv efficiently and consider its purpose.

When you reply to a colleague's inquiry, reply to the individual who posted an inquiry, not the entire listserv.

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