October 29 2007

October 29 2007

If we are ever going to get the state to step up to its responsibility and change the way our schools are being funded,
we need to come together and demand they act.

Take a minute to help us tell our State Leaders that
Local Levies are a Crazy Way to Fund Schools!

Whether you are now involved in a local levy attempt, have been in the past, or have heard the horror stories, you know how hard it is to work on a school levy. This year, across Minnesota, parents in 99 school districts are asking the people in their communities for levy authority.

Parents United for Public Schools believes that this is a crazy way to fund our schools. We believe that Minnesota has become far too reliant on local levies as a mechanism for funding the basics that go into our children’s education. We need your help to demonstrate to state lawmakers just how far-reaching this problem has become.

Please take a moment – right now if you can – to compose an e-mail to Governor Pawlenty, Speaker of the House Kelliher, and Senate Majority Leader Pogemiller. Many parents who are working on local levies have taken a few minutes to send these leaders a message and we’re asking you to support them by sending a message of your own.

It doesn’t have to be long. Just tell these leaders how difficult this method of funding our schools is and remind them of the inequities it creates for our communities. Speak from your heart. Copy your local legislators so that they can better understand what this lottery system of funding means to schools and communities.

On Wednesday, November 7 at 10:30 a.m. – the day after the election – we will participate in a State Capitol press conference to announce the results of levy campaigns across the state. The press conference will take place in the Capitol, room 125.

Please send us a copy of your email so that we can present the press and our state leaders a very visual and heartfelt outcry from the parents and schools across Minnesota. Tell others who you believe want their voices heard to do the same thing.

The work you are doing for the schools in your community is critically important to our state’s future. Help us demonstrate to our state leaders that they need to take school funding seriously, too.

Questions? Email Mary Cecconi

Parents United for Public Schools
1667 Snelling Avenue N., St. Paul, MN 55108
651-999-7391
www.parentsunited.org