Ask anybody if they want to help our schools and everyone will tell you "of course"... but most people don't have the slightest idea of HOW they can help, and they don't even try to find out because of their busy lives, and it's completely understandable.
Well let me present to you a simple and easy way in which you can help, in this case it is just by writing an e-mail or letter to your local Assembly member or Senator, all you have to do is copy the letter bellow pasting it on an e-mail, changing the text inside the parenthesis and clicking "SEND", by putting it in an envelope or if you have some extra time you might want to pick up the phone and giving them a call.
I have included the addresses to the Senators & Assembly Members for the 91304 Zip Code, if you are outside that area you can go to http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html and enter you Zip on the search box.
More than one Legislator represents the zip code 91304. The complete list is below.
* Click on the name and then find the CONTACT ME TAB to send them an e-mail
Member District Number and Office Capitol Office Pavley, Fran 23 2716 Ocean Park Blvd State Capitol Santa Monica, CA 90405 Sacramento, CA (310)314-5214 94248-0001 (916) 651-4023 Padilla, Alex 20 6150 Van Nuys Blvd State Capitol Van Nuys, CA 91401 Sacramento, CA (818) 901-5588 94248-0001 (916) 651-4020 Strickland, Tony 19 2655 First Street State Capitol Simi Valley, CA 93065 Sacramento, CA (805) 306-8886 94248-0001 (916) 651-4019 610 Anacapa Suite B4 Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 965-0862
Assembly MembersMore than one Legislator represents the zip code 91304. The complete list is below.Member District Number and Office Capitol Office Blumenfield, Bob 40 6150 Van Nuys Blvd State Capitol Suite 305 Room 6026 Van Nuys, CA 91401 Sacramento, CA (818) 904-3840 94249-0040 (916) 319-2040 Gorell, Jeff 37 2659 Townsgate Road State Capitol Suite 236 Room 4208 Westlake Village, CA 91361 Sacramento, CA (805) 230-9167 94249-0037 (916) 319-2037
Letter Body - Copy/Paste and change what's inside the parenthesis
(March XX, 2011)
Dear (Assembly member/Senator__________________:)
As my elected representative I am writing to notify you of the "doomsday" budget the Los Angeles Unified School District LAUSD Board of Education is facing because of state budget cuts to education. I say "doomsday" because my child's school is really feeling the impacts at our campus. We are expected to lose (INSERT PREDICATED SCHOOL LOSSES HERE ex. three teachers, one nurse, two counselors, etc.)
Over the last three budget cycles our schools have borne the brunt of statewide spending reductions. California continues to severely underfund education with an estimated $18 Billion in cuts since 2007 and LAUSD has managed to keep the cuts as far away from the classrooms through very difficult decisions:
- Delaying textbook adoptions
- Reducing leases and consolidating staff locations
- Cutting summer school for most students
- Increasing class sizes
- Shortening the school year
- Reducing 5,000 employee positions
- Negotiating with employees to take 12 furlough (unpaid) days
With all of this effort and sacrifice, the District still faces a $408 million deficit in 2011-2012 unless you and your fellow lawmakers vote to support the Governor's revenue extension proposal.
Without this extension, funding for school would fall by more than $2 Billion, or more than $335 per student. If this initiative makes it to the June ballot the LAUD could reduce its deficit by $183 million.
Please take the time now to call, e-mail or even meet with your state legislator and ask him/her to:
- Support Governor Brown's Revenue Initiative by voting to put it on the ballot for June 2011.
- Help inform other voters of this important measure once it's on the ballot and turn out to vote!
We need you to support our students and schools. The Governor's balanced budget proposal is one that really prioritizes education and it acknowledges the disproportionate cuts education has taken during the economic downturn. It is now time to reverse that trend, solve the deficit and reinvest in our students.
Please help your constituents by supporting our constitutional right to exercise our voice on a temporary revenue extension in the June special election. Your support will be really appreciated.
Sincerely (YOUR NAME HERE)