In states and districts all over the country, public school budgets are being slashed to the bone, and class sizes have increased at unprecedented rates, despite the fact that smaller classes have been shown to improve outcomes for all students, particularly our neediest children.
Meanwhile, the US House of Representatives has proposed cutting federal aid to education by nearly $11 billion, which would lead to even larger classes, hurt millions of students, and cause the layoffs of more teachers and other critical school staff.
Sign this letter to send a message to the President and your Senators and House member, to fully fund education, including Head Start, Title I, Title II, IDEA, afterschool and art programs, financial aid for college students, and other valuable investments.
The letter also urges them to eliminate all competitive grant programs, such as "Race to the Top." A quality education should be a right, not a race.
The letter points out that our children deserve better; they deserve to have their potential– and our nation’s future – strengthened, not undermined. It concludes by saying that we are parents and we vote.
Feel free to edit the letter any way you like, and add personal details, which could help the letter have more impact.
And please follow up by posting the link on your Facebook page and forwarding the link to all your friends and colleagues. Thanks!
Warning: after signing our petition, parents have told us that they were re-directed by change.org to Michelle Rhee's petition to eliminate seniority protections from teachers. Be sure you don't sign that petition by mistake; since along with class size, teacher experience matters!
This letter is sponsored by Parents Across America and Class Size Matters.