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Arlington Education Association

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Dear Colleagues,

As you know, Ballot Question 2, titled “An Act to Allow Fair Access to Public Charter Schools," would give the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) autonomous power to: 

* Approve up to 12 new charter schools each year – every year, forever. 

* Place charter schools in any community in the state regardless of citizens’ opinions or the potential impact it would have on their community. 

* Eliminate the cap on the percentage of a public school’s budget that could be diverted to charters. 

Charter schools siphoned $400 million dollars from public school budgets in the 2015 – 2016 school year. If voters fail to defeat Ballot Question 2 with their "NO" votes, charters could take $1.1 billion from public schools in 10 years and even more after that. Those who want to pass Ballot Question 2 have $18 million to spend on the campaign. We need your time and energy to get the message out that Question 2 is bad for public schools!

Besides voting "NO" on Nov. 8th, there are many more things we need you to do! 

If you have a gmail account, you can access the google docs directly to sign up for an activity. If not, you can reply to this email and let Jason know what you are willing to do. In either case, please fill out the form below to let us know how you will help us save our public schools!

Sign up online for as many things as you can to help defeat Ballot Question 2 over the next 10 weeks before the Nov. 8th election - FILL OUT SIGN UP FORM HERE.

Here is what we need you to do:

  1. TOWN DAY SIGN UP - Help for a two-hour shift at Arlington Town Day booth on Saturday, September 17
  2. "NO" VOTER LIST - Identify 15-30 people you know who will vote “NO” on Question 2. Add each person's name and address to this form, and get the completed form to your building rep. Each name on this list will be removed from the call list and will identify another "NO" voter. (print out PDF form)
  3. VISIBILITY STAND OUT Stand out in Arlington Center holding a "No on 2" sign from 5-7 every Wednesday, and 10-12 every Saturday between now and Nov. 8th. There is a lot of foot, bicycle and car traffic in the Center. Our first stand out drew a lot of attention and many people approached us to ask about Question 2. (one hour shifts)
  4. BUMPER STICKER - Put a bumper sticker on your car. You can scotch tape it inside your window. 
  5. YARD SIGN - Put a yard sign in your front yard if you live on a busy street. 
  6. PHONE BANK - Join a phone bank to identify "NO" voters.
  7. CANVAS - Go house to house telling people why voting "No on 2" is important.
  8. LOCAL EVENTS - Hand out information and collect names of “NO” voters at local events (farmers markets, etc.) 
  9. WRITE LETTERSWrite a letter to the media, neighbors and friends explaining why people must vote “NO” on 2. 
  10. MAKE SIGNS Be creative and have some fun making interesting signs telling a reason to vote “NO” on 2. ($400 million from public schools, public funds for public schools, taxation without representation, etc.)


Let's work together to defeat Question 2!


For more information, contact:

Mary Cummings - mcummings@massteacher.org

Charlotte Bowman (Save Our Public School organizer) -charlottebowman8@gmail.com

Linda Hanson - lhanson@rcn.com




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