Thursday, February 07, 2008

As you may have heard, the President once again zeroed out EETT in the proposed 2009 budget.

A message from SETDA: It is critical for you to reach out to the folks on Capitol Hill and share with them the importance of EETT in your state, once again. This year, in particular, presents a great opportunity to invite your Representatives and Senators to visit schools in your state. EVERY Representative and many Senators are up for re-election this year; and with the Presidential race, all members of Congress will be spending a lot of time in their home states and districts.

We urge you to email or call the staffers from your state reminding them of the importance of EETT and inviting the Senator or Representative to visit a school(s) in your state THIS WEEK!

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Here’s a sample letter that you might want to use…

Dear XXX,

I would like to again share with you how critical NCLB Title II, Part D – the Enhancing Education through Technology (EETT) Program is for STATE. STATE receives $XXX in EETT funds. EETT supports ALL areas of NCLB; and research shows that EETT helps to improve student achievement. Additionally, EETT provides significant professional development for teachers to ensure that we have highly qualified teachers for our students.

As you are probably aware, the EETT program has been slated for complete elimination in the President’s 2009 Budget. We again look to SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE XXX for leadership in ensuring that students and teachers have the opportunities that EETT provides to ensure that our students are competitive for the 21st Century

We know that SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE will be spending time in STATE with the upcoming elections, and a visit to a local school that utilizes EETT funds will provide a first hand account of the negative impact the elimination of this program will have on the successful implementation of NCLB and ultimately student achievement within ’s and nationwide. We would like to invite you to visit a school during the spring recess.