PRIVATIZATION: WHAT CAN WE DO? by Barbara Self
- Your attention and involvement are more imperative than ever. Let elected officials and appointees know where you stand on public education. Know who is on the state education committee and educational adviser to governor. Put everyone who represents you on your contact list on your phone--elected leaders from the school board to members of Congress.
- Attend the next school board meeting; see how decisions are made. Communicate with members.
- Stay informed on political and legislative values which affect education. Read the emails and Calls to Action which Director Kreider sends.
- Strengthen school-community connections. Invite education leaders to speak to church or community groups. Develop Speakers' Bureaus within your units and let the community know about the availability.
- Create a Public School Defense Team. Have several means of communication. Provide updates on local issues.
- Host community teach-in on dangers of turning over public school dollars to private schools.
- Decide what sources of information you believe are credible. Know who is a trustworthy and independent watchdog. Find allies on social media. Know how you will respond to issues and legislative action.
- Let friends on social media know IF an elected official responded or IF they didn't deliver on an action. Keep the pressure on.
- Publish a Letter to the Editor.
- Say thanks when warranted.
- Be an ACTIVIST--no matter where you are on the political spectrum. The best way to reduce anxiety is by stepping up to action.
GOVERNOR NIXON SIGNS THE PROCLAMATION OF RETIRED EDUCATORS' DAY JUNE 8