Have your say!
By November 2009, 95% of the money will have been distributed, so the time to act is now! Gather signatures for a petition, write letters, send emails, or make phone calls to the members of your state's school board, your Governor, and your Congressional representatives. Tell them that you want the money going to your school district to be spent on smaller class sizes and happy teachers!
Find your state in this list of Department of Education websites. Click on your state's site, and look for the Board of Education members.
And if anyone tells you that this money cannot be used to save a teacher's job (i.e. pay their salary), it's not true! Here, the National Education Association explains why.
Spread the word!
Tell other parents about your school district's new budget, and how they can make a difference. Talk to other moms in our community about your state's education issues, and the changes you'd like to see in your school.
We can do it! Laying off teachers means less attention paid to your child in the classroom. But the money to fix this problem is there. We just have to make sure our elected officials and school board members know how we want them to spend it!