Committee for Education Funding’s Sequestration Grassroots Week
Posted by shannonk on Monday, December 10, 2012
The Committee for Education Funding has declared the week of December 10, 2012 Grassroots Week. This week, we encourage citizens who are concerned about looming cuts in education funding to contact their federal lawmakers to voice their opposition to education funding cuts.
NAfME participates in the Committee for Education Funding, a coalition of education organizations who collaborate to support education funding at the federal level.
Please see the letter from our friends at CEF below, including steps you can take this week to participate in the campaign. Thanks for your support!
Dear Friends of Education,
We urge you to join millions of other people across the country like you who care about kids and education funding , and take part in a nationwide “grassroots week” (December 10-14) to send our message about the fiscal cliff crisis. What is our message? We need to tell Congress loud and clear that any “deal” made must be balanced (with not just spending cuts), not penalize those who are most vulnerable (like children, especially those in high-need schools), and it must avoid sequestration.
We know how busy you are, and so we want to make your participation as easy and painless as possible for you. So, we’ve provided links to two different toolkits full of sample actions like Tweets, letters to the editor, talking points for phone calls, etc: the first toolkit focuses just on education funding and sequestration (http://cef.org/cef-grassroots-campaign-2/) and the other broadens the issue to talk about “non-defense discretionary” programs including education (http://publichealthfunding.org/index.php/ndd_united1/grassroots_toolkit_coming_soon/).
Where do you start? We suggest these 3 steps first:
1) Learn: Read this fact sheet on how sequestration would impact education funding: http://cef.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/CEF-Sequestration-Info-Stop-the-Cuts-Oct-2012.pdf or watch this Prezi presentation if you prefer a more interactive style: http://prezi.com/dqdfejmfifzf/sequestration-you-what-this-means-for-you-your-family-and-your-community/
2) Act: Do one thing to take action. Here are some quick, easy actions and how long they take:
- 1 minute: Send an action alert with the click of a button to your legislators to stop sequestration. Here are 2 alerts you can use: http://www.edtechactionnetwork.org/action/write-elected-officials and http://capwiz.com/nacac/issues/alert/?alertid=61558136
- 5 minutes: Send Tweets to your members of Congress using the hashtags and phrase, #nomorecuts to #education. Find the Twitter handles of your legislators here: House (http://govsm.com/w/House) and Senate (http://govsm.com/w/Senate). Use sample Tweets from this Word document: http://publichealthfunding.org/uploads/NDD_Tweet_Day_Toolkit_12-12.docx
- 10 minutes: Call your members of Congress using this fact sheet (http://cef.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/CEF-Sequestration-Info-Stop-the-Cuts-Oct-2012.pdf) and state-by-state figures (http://www.nea.org/home/52610.htm) as talking points
3) Share: Forward this email to at least one other colleague working in education and urge them to take action and share with their network too. Enter in this Googledoc spreadsheet your information (you can leave your name blank if you prefer) to share what you did, and to see the activity on this issue from others around the country: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AkZ1Ro_KHXfXdHJ2ZTlDQndxNVJyT0tycXJuUjJfaHc
Thank you so much in advance for your time in helping us deliver this message to Congress that we cannot cut education funding so irresponsibly, because our kids deserve better.