Unless Someone Like You….

May 20, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Posted in Staples | Leave a comment
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By Shannon Penrod

I know this is food blog, where I usually talk about what I feed my son.  But every now and then you come to a crossroads on an important topic and I want to get the word out – becuase our children’s education is in jeopardy.  We all see it happening but there is something we can do to stop it.  So I am using the blog this week to spread the word.  Here is a repost from one of my other blogs, please take action, we need to be our children’s advocates.

By Shannon Penrod

When so much is wrong where do you begin to prioritize?  We all know we are in an economic crisis; we all know that there are things that are going to have to be cut.  But can we afford to continue to cut funding to our children’s educations?  Can we afford to continue to cut teachers and funding for books and music programs and other essential services?  Are we really saving money when we cut these things?  Does anyone really think we are saving money when we lay off crossing guards who keeps our children safe?  If we are forced to put 35 children in a classroom, do we really think there is dollar savings?  It seems more like mortgaging our children’s future than actually saving money.

Fortunately there is an alternative, but it requires us to use our voices and to use them loudly. We need to be one voice telling Congress to pass the Education Jobs Fund.  This is an amendment to a bill that will prevent drastic cuts to our schools and create government funding to help keep teachers in the classroom. The vote on this bill is scheduled for next Tuesday.  We need to let our congressional representatives know how we feel about children’s education as well as support our teachers! We need to take action now because next week maybe too late!  

Please take action in two ways:

1. Visit  http://www.capwiz.com/nea/issues/alert/?alertid=15045411&type=co to forward a letter directly to your representative to have your voice heard. 

2. Spread the word!  Tell your friends, family members and colleagues to do the same.  If you are a social networker here is a sample of how to spread the word  in your status:

Tell Congress 2 pass #EducationJobsFund 2 support teachers w/ no cuts in class #education http://bit.ly/8ZBh8M. Vote is next wk. Pls RT!

As Doctor Suess said, “UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.”

Use your voice!  Help our teachers, help our children, help our society.

For more information on this important legislation visit http://www.educationvotes.nea.org.

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