Parents, teachers, community leaders and lawmakers from around our state are coming together on behalf of Colorado students. All kids deserve opportunities to succeed. Take action to thank or hold your legislator accountable today! Click for a sample call script or sample email.
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Sample Call Script – Thank Your Lawmakers:
“Hi, My name is_______. I live in ___(town)__.
I want to thank _______________ for their vote to increase education funding, especially for teacher salaries, mental health services, and special education. Student achievement and the future of our state depends on it. I’d like to leave my name and contact information. Thank you for taking my call.“
Sample Call Script – Hold Your Lawmakers Accountable:
Hi, My name is_______. I live in ___(town)__.
I want to tell _______________ how disappointed I am that they failed to support increasing funding for education, especially for teacher salaries, mental health services, and special education. Teachers’ salaries are not keeping pace with the cost of living in our state – pay has declined 7.7% in Colorado over the last decade. It’s not surprising that we have a teacher shortage. Rural communities in Colorado are struggling the most in attracting and retaining high quality educators.
Colorado should be at the forefront of mental health care in schools, especially after Columbine. We need to increase funding for special education, so we are not at the bottom in comparison to other states.
I know that there are a lot of competing priorities in our state, but I hope ______ takes the time to learn more about these issues. We don’t want to fall behind when it comes to the future of our children or the future of our state’s economy.
Please take down my name and contact information, so you can let me know how she/he responds. (You can have them repeat your contact info back to you, to make sure it’s correct.)
Thank you for taking my call.
Sample Email – Thank You:
I am writing to thank you for championing education funding during this year’s legislative session. It’s good to know that I can trust you to balance the competing demands for our state’s limited budget. Thank you for understanding the importance of increasing teacher salaries, as well as boosting spending on special education and mental health services. The future of our children, communities and state depends on it.
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Sample Email – Hold Your Lawmaker Accountable:
As my State Representative, I know you face tough decisions about how to allocate our limited state funds. I was disappointed that you didn’t see the need for more money for education, especially the importance of raising teacher salaries. Competitive teacher salaries are critical so we can attract and retain high quality teachers in our communities. It’s hard to keep good educators when teacher pay has declined 7.7% in Colorado over the past decade while the cost of living has gone up dramatically. The average starting salary for teachers in Colorado is 9% lower than the national average. As a result, the state annually licenses approximately 50% of its teachers from out-of-state, fewer people are becoming teachers, and there is a significant teacher shortage, especially in rural communities.
It is also crucial to increase funding for mental health – 20% of kids in Colorado have thought about suicide – as well as special education funding. We are near the bottom in special education funding when compared to other states – only Oklahoma and Arizona spend less than we do. This has to change.
We don’t want to fall behind when it comes to the future of our children or the future of our state’s economy.
I hope you will take some time to look into these pressing issues and that you will prioritize education funding when given the opportunity.
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