WRITING A LETTER TO THE EDITOR
A letter to the editor should be short and to the point. It should begin “Dear Editor” and should contain 150 to 200 words.
Additional Information to Include
Ask your superintendent about the effects of under-funding on your school district. Use those as examples in your letter.
Click here to view your Legislator’s voting history and thank him or her for supporting initiatives that are important to you if appropriate. If your legislator has voted in favor of adequate funding for schools, consider including something like, “I am grateful that Senator _________ has consistently voted to fully fund the MAEP in past years, and I appreciate his support of current efforts to protect funding for our schools.” If your legislator has voted to restore cuts to education, thank him or her for that.
If your legislator has not voted in the best interests of public schools, you might say, “I am disappointed that Rep. ________ has voted consistently against the interests of our schools and schoolchildren. Our community deserves to be represented by legislators who support providing the resources that are necessary for successful schools. It is important that we elect officials who will vote to keep our schools strong. I am asking Rep. _____ to support SB0000 so that our children will continue to have access to good schools with adequate resources.”
Where to Send Your Letter
Send your letter to your local newspaper and to The Clarion-Ledger.