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Speak Up for the Promise Act and the Cherish Act

We have rallied, marched, held forums and emailed legislators on behalf of the Promise and Cherish Acts. And we have made a lot of progress. Education funding is at the top of the agenda on Beacon Hill. But the fight is far from over. Our goals are to win passage of a strong preK-12 foundation budget bill based on the principles in the Promise Act and to make significant progress toward passage of the Cherish Act, which would restore state funding to public colleges and universities to levels set in fiscal year 2001.

Contact your state senator and representative to support these education funding bills.

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If you don’t know who your state legislators are, look them up here:

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Search here to find out if your legislators support the bills:

Click the magnifying glass on the right-hand side of the box below to type in your legislator’s name and see if they’ve co-sponsored the Promise Act and the Cherish Act.

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Search here to find out if your legislators support the bills:

Scroll to find your legislator’s name and see if they’ve co-sponsored the Promise Act and the Cherish Act.

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Call your legislators using the contact information above:

Make the call using the script, and then fill out the form below to let us know whether or not they will commit to support our students and our schools.

Phone Script:

The following is a phone script you can use to call your legislators. Please feel free to modify it but be sure to mention the bill names: the Promise Act and the Cherish Act.

Hello, I am trying to reach Representative/Senator _______ to talk about two crucial bills to support students and public education in Massachusetts.

Once you are connected to the appropriate legislator or staff member, you can use the script below:

I am an educator/parent/student/other and a strong supporter of the Promise and Cherish Acts, which would increase funding for our public schools and colleges by more than $1.5 billion a year. The Education Committee may release a new school funding bill REPLACE THIS JUNE WITH THIS FALL.I am asking you to let the chair of that committee know that you strongly support implementing all of the recommendations of the Foundation Budget Review Commission, including fully funding the increase for low-income students. It should also provide relief to districts that lose a lot of money to charter schools

[Talk briefly about why this issue is important to you and give the legislator a chance to respond.]

In addition, I am asking you to let the chair of the Higher Education Committee know of your strong support for the Cherish Act. This bill is badly needed to reduce student debt and to support needed services on our campuses.

[Talk briefly about why this issue is important to you and give the legislator a chance to respond.]

Thank you!

Once you have spoken to one of your legislators, don’t forget to call the other! All residents are represented by both a representative and a senator.

Phone Script:

The following is a phone script you can use to call your legislators. Please feel free to modify it but be sure to mention the bill names: the Promise Act and the Cherish Act.

Hello, I am trying to reach Representative/Senator _______ to talk about two crucial bills to support students and public education in Massachusetts.

Once you are connected to the appropriate legislator or staff member, you can use the script below:

I am an educator/parent/student/other and a strong supporter of the Promise and Cherish Acts, which would increase funding for our public schools and colleges by more than $1.5 billion a year. The Education Committee may release a new school funding bill in September.

I am asking you to let the chair of that committee know that you strongly support implementing all of the recommendations of the Foundation Budget Review Commission, including fully funding the increase for low-income students. It should also provide relief to districts that lose a lot of money to charter schools

[Talk briefly about why this issue is important to you and give the legislator a chance to respond.]

In addition, I am asking you to let the chair of the Higher Education Committee know of your strong support for the Cherish Act. This bill is badly needed to reduce student debt and to support needed services on our campuses.

[Talk briefly about why this issue is important to you and give the legislator a chance to respond.]

Thank you!

Once you have spoken to one of your legislators, don’t forget to call the other! All residents are represented by both a representative and a senator.

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