Whether you just want to know how government works, or you wantto get involved to change your country, this simple guide coversall the ins and outs of Congress. It’s a nonpartisan look atCongress that includes forewords by Speaker of the House DennisHastert and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle. Inside you’llfind easy explanations and helpful tips on how to:Get involved in the democratic processInfluence legislation that’s important to youUndersta nd Congress and the mediaContact your senators and representativesCheck out Congress in action, in personDeal with congressional staff
Expert author David Silverberg — Managing Editor and acolumnist at the Washington weekly The Hill — takesthe mystery out of getting something done in Congress, introducingyou to the players and explaining everything from legislation andlobbying to caucuses and coalitions. Written with the citizenadvocate in mind, this helpful guide gives regular people the toolsand knowledge they need to achieve their aims. Inside, you’lldiscover:How the three branches of government work togetherHow to register your opinion with your elected officialsHow the legislative process works — from idea to lawHow debates, conferences, and vetoes workHow budgeting and appropriations workHow to get the most effect from your politicalcontributionsHow the lobbying process worksHow to advocate for legislationHow to deal with congressional staffersHow to make use of congressional services
Getting something done in the messy confusion of democracy andbureaucracy is no easy task. Full of the kind of information andknowledge that Washington insiders take for granted, CongressFor Dummies levels the playing field so that regular people— just like you — can make a difference, too.
Busy administrators lack the training and experience necessary to quickly and efficiently craft a teacher evaluation system that successfully meets the needs of their district. Questions like “What is the best program for my district?” or “How do I get the teachers on-board?” are being asked by school leaders across the country. This book provides real-world answers by highlighting 10 diverse model programs from around the country.