How to Get Involved in MMSD Advocacy Efforts on School Finance Reform

On March 29, The BOE held a community advocacy meeting, focusing short-term on the governor’s budget and longer-term on the state funding system. There were approximately 90-100 community members present.

The meeting was broken into 3 segments: 1) education on the state funding system; 2) overview of the governor’s budget; and 3) advocacy. We had an extensive amount of Q&A with the audience.

Information Presented

Information presented is located on the district web site http://www.mmsd.org Click on “Take Action on School Funding”

I have also attached the talking points and sample letters.

How Can You Help?

It is important to write letters to your legislators in the next 4-5 weeks regarding the Governor’s budget. As you will see in the attached “talking points”, there are some items in the Governor’s budget that, if passed, could bring additional funds back to the district. To find out who your legislators are:

http://waml.legis.state.wi.us/

Write your letters and ask your friends to do the same.

Longer-Term: We are setting up a community “Legislative Action Team”. We are developing an email list of people who want to be involved. We will soon be setting up follow-up meetings and action items to start the longer-term lobbying to change the state funding process.

If you would like to be added to this list, please send me an email at asilveira@madison.k12.wi.us

Thanks for your help. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Arlene Silveira

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