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An Example of a Letter to Mail, Fax, or E-mail Your Senator Regarding the Better Education for Students and Teachers Act of 2001 (S. 1)

Mailed or Faxed Correpondence...

To A Senator:

The Honorable (full name)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator (last name):

The Better Education for Students and Teachers Act (S1) is not a bill to help the American family because it creates more red tape for the nation's public school system placing further limits on local flexibility. School vouchers have been eliminated from the plan, which would have given federal money to parents of children in failing schools to use for private school tuition and transportation expenses. The Straight A's program, which would have eliminated specific federal education programs and given local officials the choice of how to spend money from Washington, has also been watered-down.

The Education Finance Incentive Program, proposed by S.1., would provide measurement systems for states that Washington considers to have a better education financing system. States that spend more money with no regard for how those resources are used would be rewarded by the complicated formula.

Another program from The Better Education for Students and Teachers Act, a Hate Crimes Prevention Program, would provide training, curricula, and instructional materials for the prevention of "crime and conflicts motivated by hate."

The Innovative Education Program Strategies (IEPS) program would authorize funding to duplicate programs that are in other actions of the bill.

The proposed Senate bill would also make few changes in the existing and failing programs for students in bilingual education programs. In addition, the measure would offer no provision to protect teachers, principals, and school board members from liabilities when they undertake reasonable actions to maintain order and discipline in the classroom.

I urge you to reject the Better Education for Students and Teachers Act (S. 1). The academic ills of American schools can only be cured by fundamental reform that strives to increase academic achievement through less regulation, accountability and academic achievement through school choice.

Thank you for your effort to stop this bill.

Sincerely,

(Your Name*)

*Be sure to include your complete address in the letter.

E-mail Correspondence...

The following format should be used in the body of your message:

Your Name
Address
City, State  Zip Code

Dear (Title) (last name),

The Better Education for Students and Teachers Act (S1) is not a bill to help the American family because it creates more red tape for the nation's public school system placing further limits on local flexibility. School vouchers have been eliminated from the plan, which would have given federal money to parents of children in failing schools to use for private school tuition and transportation expenses. The Straight A's program, which would have eliminated specific federal education programs and given local officials the choice of how to spend money from Washington, has also been watered-down.

The Education Finance Incentive Program, proposed by S.1., would provide measurement systems for states that Washington considers to have a better education financing system. States that spend more money with no regard for how those resources are used would be rewarded by the complicated formula.

Another program from The Better Education for Students and Teachers Act, a Hate Crimes Prevention Program, would provide training, curricula, and instructional materials for the prevention of "crime and conflicts motivated by hate."

The Innovative Education Program Strategies (IEPS) program would authorize funding to duplicate programs that are in other actions of the bill.

The proposed Senate bill would also make few changes in the existing and failing programs for students in bilingual education programs. In addition, the measure would offer no provision to protect teachers, principals, and school board members from liabilities when they undertake reasonable actions to maintain order and discipline in the classroom.

I urge you to reject the Better Education for Students and Teachers Act (S. 1). The academic ills of American schools can only be cured by fundamental reform that strives to increase academic achievement through less regulation, accountability and academic achievement through school choice.

Thank you for your effort to stop this bill.

Sincerely,

(Your Name)

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