Congress is on recess: Time for your rep to “get schooled”
Because Congress is on recess until April 25, this week presents the perfect opportunity to talk to your representatives about public education.
Staff will offer to “take down your concerns.” Don’t settle for that–ask to speak to your member of Congress. If they are not in the office, ask for a time they will be in so that you can return. If the staffer does not know, politely say you will wait until they find out. If you are unsuccessful, have information to leave, including a personal letter, and make an appointment to speak with their staff in charge of education issues.
That is why we have prepared our NPE toolkit, School Privatization Explained. Use it for your talking points. Bring some of the informational sheets to leave. You can download the toolkit here. It is especially important that you “school” your representative on how education tax credits are no more than vouchers in disguise. They are likely to be promoted in this budget.
For an excellent primer on the topic of disguised vouchers, read NEPC’s Kevin Welner’s piece here.
When you call or visit the office, ask when the next town hall will be. Get others to go with you and ask direct questions about privatization. Remember you are “schooling” fellow constituents even as you express your views.
There are many important competing issues right now. Make sure support for public education is on the top of every list!
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Thanks for all you do.
Executive Director, NPE