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.

Pick One Issue

One simple issue. If you have more than one point you want to make, pick one per letter. Consider writing more than one letter and submitting them a few weeks apart; or find a friend or two and ask them to write letters that address your other points. If you are endorsing a candidate, name the candidate and explain why you believe he or she will be a strong supporter of public schools.

Be Clear & Persuasive

Be clear about what you want to have happen. For example, clearly state that you believe our Legislature should make public education a priority and support adequate funding for Mississippi schools. Follow that up with a personal example of how under-funding affects your child and/or the quality of education in your school district.

Include Your Name

Include your name, city, and phone number in the signature line at the bottom of the letter. Your phone number will be used for verification purposes only (will not be published).

Additional Information to Include

Where to Send Your Letter

Send your letter to your local newspaper and to The Clarion-Ledger.

If you need assistance with your letter to the editor, please feel free to call The Parents’ Campaign at 601.961.4551 or email info@msparentscampaign.org.

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