We have a financial emergency here in Tulsa. Within a matter of hours, the Oklahoma Legislature will decide the future of education in this state. If our legislators vote to cut the education budget, up to 286 of my colleagues could lose their jobs, and my kids will lose some of their favorite teachers. Please read the following action alert and take a few minutes to write a quick e-mail of support for Oklahoma students.
The Oklahoma Legislature is preparing to vote on possible budget cuts to school districts within the state. If these cuts are imposed, Tulsa Public Schools could lose up to 286 teachers. Oklahoma already ranks 46th in the nation for per-pupil spending and 48th for teacher salaries.
Budget cuts during the past year have already forced TPS to make millions of dollars in cuts. If these cuts continue and expand, your favorite teacher’s job could be next.
The Legislature could vote on this issue in a matter of hours, so all of us who care about Oklahoma’s children need to take IMMEDIATE action to let our legislators know where we stand on this issue.
Take a few moments to write a polite e-mail to all Tulsa-area legislators, letting them know where you stand on this issue. Your e-mail should include the following talking points:
* Oklahoma cannot compete with the rest of the nation if our students do not have an adequate education.
* Mention a teacher who has made a significant difference in your life.
* Remind your legislators that they would not be where they are without the efforts of their own teachers.
YOUR MESSAGES NEED TO REACH LEGISLATORS’ INBOXES BEFORE THE END OF THE DAY. (Today is Saturday, May 15, 2010.)
Send your message to all of the following e-mail addresses:
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
(You can do this by copying and pasting this list of addresses into the “To” line of your e-mail.)
Please forward this message to everyone who might be willing to help. Again: Time is of the essence. Write your e-mail IMMEDIATELY. It does not need to be perfect. It just needs to be clear and polite.