Monday, May 22, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO SUPPORT PUBLIC EDUCATION

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Monday, May 22, 2017
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DEVOS-TRUMP BUDGET DAMAGES PUBLIC EDUCATION
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#SaveOurPublicEducation
#AmericaLastBudget
President Trump is expected to send Congress his final budget this week http://politi.co/2r1Hk9h. The proposed federal cuts follow a familiar pattern of shifting resources away from low and middle-income people and undercutting bedrock social institutions in favor of get-richer-quick schemes and tax cuts for wealthy people. 
--Cuts to education spending overall are likely to hit 13.6 percent. http://wapo.st/2r1EXTV
--Oregon would lose an estimated $312 million for pre-college schools. These cuts would worsen Oregon’s current $1.6 billion state deficit. 
-- Student loans, loan forgiveness and supplemental grants for low-income students are facing steep cuts or zero funding http://bit.ly/2q568Il.
--Pre-college schools are slated for less funding for Title I students, and zero-funding for mental health services, teacher recruitment and training, and community centers http://wapo.st/2r1EXTV
-- School choice and voucher programs could gain about $1.4 billion in funding http://wapo.st/2r1EXTV .
-- Donors to charter schools could get a new tax credit http://politi.co/2r1Hk9h.
-- Oregon MOCs champion education. Senators Wyden and Merkley voted against Betsy DeVos's nomination. Reps. Bonamici and Schrader, Blumenauer, and DeFazio are on record opposing Trump’s overall budget; Bonamici and Schrader singled out education cuts (http://bit.ly/2rrT5W2http://bit.ly/2qJbuNrhttp://bit.ly/2qa9RV9http://bit.ly/2qMnMTk).
Oregon MOC’s must fight for education now more than ever. Tell your representatives “Don’t touch our education system.”
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**ACTION 1: CALL BOTH SENATORS**
Please tell a personal story, if you have one, about how federal support for education made a difference to you or to someone close to you. 
SAMPLE SCRIPT [with personal story if possible]:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. I want to thank Senator [--] for his longtime advocacy for education and for his opposition to the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. We need a budget that will maintain or even expand public education at all levels. I ask that the Senator oppose further funding for charter schools and school vouchers in the FY 2018 budget. Also, I ask that the Senator vote to continue all of the other programs in the FY 2017 budget at current or higher funding levels. 
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**ACTION 2: CALL YOUR US REPRESENTATIVE**
Please tell a personal story, if you have one, about how federal support for education made a difference to you or to someone close to you. 
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR BONAMICI, BLUMENAUER, SCHRADER, AND DEFAZIO [with personal story if possible]:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. I want to thank Representative [--] for [her/his] longtime advocacy for education. We need a budget that will maintain or even expand public education at all levels. I ask that the Representative oppose further funding for charter schools and school vouchers in the FY 2018 budget. Also, I ask that the Representative vote to continue all of the other programs in the FY 2017 budget at current or higher funding levels. 
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WALDEN [with personal story if possible]:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. I am deeply disappointed in the Administration’s proposed budget for education. We need a budget that will maintain or even expand public education at all levels. I ask that the Representative oppose further funding for charter schools and school vouchers in the FY 2018 budget. Also, I ask that the Representative vote to continue all of the other programs in the FY 2017 budget at current or higher funding levels. 
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**ACTION 3: CALL FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN RED DISTRICTS**
Alert your friends to the upcoming Trump-DeVos education budget. Urge them to call their Members of Congress to support the FY 2017 education funding levels, except for charter schools and vouchers, which should be de-funded. Ask them to include their personal experience with how federal education funding made a difference in their lives.
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**PHONE NUMBERS**
SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
SENATOR WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691
CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300
CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609
CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324
** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!** 

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