Write Another Letter to Support the At-Risk Add-On!
It’s not too late to help advocate for funding for RPS in the state budget! The House and Senate are going to be negotiating the differences in their budget over the weekend and your voice can help encourage budget conferees to make equitable funding a priority!
There are six Senators and seven Delegates from the Senate Finance Committees and House Appropriations Committee who have been appointed as budget conferees and will be deciding the fate of each budget issue. Send each of these legislators an email today:
Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr. email@example.com
Senator Emmett W. Hanger, Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Richard L. Saslaw email@example.com
Senator Stephen D. Newman firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Frank M. Ruff, Jr. email@example.com
Senator Frank W. Wagner firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate S. Chris Jones DelCJones@house.virginia.gov
Delegate R. Steven Landes DelSLandes@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Christopher K. Peace DelCPeace@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Barry D. Knight DelBKnight@house.virginia.gov
Delegate T. Scott Garrett DelSGarrett@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Luke E. Torian DelLTorian@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Mark D. Sickles DelMSickles@house.virginia.gov
The number one priority to communicate is supporting the Governor’s approach to funding an increase in the At-Risk Add-On program. A sample communication can be:
Subject: Fund the At-Risk Add-On!
Dear Delegate/Senator [Insert Name],
Making investments in public education has never been more important; our schools need more! Please fund the Governor’s proposed increase to the At-Risk Add-On program to provide more equitable funding for the schools in our Commonwealth that need the most support. It costs 25-40% more to educate children in high-poverty areas, yet a school division like Richmond receives less funding than many wealthier localities. Invest in our at-risk schools by supporting this proposal. The real work of justice is in equity and it can only happen with your help!
Feel free to customize your message and discuss other budget proposals that are important to you like teacher salaries and school counselors! Ask them to fund these two other important proposals:
- A full 5% pay increase for teacher and school staff that starts July 1, 2019 as included in the Senate proposal.
- $36 million for school counselors as included in the House budget.
We need more funding in many areas and your advocacy on these issues can help make the difference!