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Monday, March 06, 2006

Elected School Board: Contact Your State Senator!

(Posted 6 Mar 2006)
From: ElectedBoard@aol.com
Date: Mar 6, 2006 12:55 PM

If you want an accountable and responsive school board for Prince George’s County, please do the following:

1. EMAIL YOUR STATE SENATOR, as described below. Please do this now, while you still are at your computer.

2. FORWARD THIS MESSAGE to at least 10 other people who live in Prince George’s. If possible, do this now, too.

3. ATTEND THE RALLY in Annapolis on Monday, March 13, at 6:00 p.m. at Lawyers Mall next to the State House. The rally is sponsored by a group of labor unions, including those that represent our school system employees and are part of the Citizens for an Elected Board (CEB) coalition. They have invited CEB and all concerned Prince George’s residents to join them and rally for an elected school board--you don’t have to be a union member to participate. The Prince George=s County Educators= Association will provide free transportation at 5:00 p.m. from the PGCEA Center, 8008 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, and Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt; reservations required; contact Linda Phillips at phillipl@pgcea.org or 301-736-2700 to reserve a seat.

The only type of school board member likely to advocate for you and your community is one who is accountable only to you and your neighbors at the ballot box. At-large or appointed members water down your voice and your vote and are accountable only to partisan machine politicians and special interests. A bill for nine single-member districts has passed the House of Delegates overwhelmingly (H.B. 1360). It will now be considered by the county’s Senate Delegation, which killed the bill last year. We can’t let that happen again!

You can make a difference.

Thank you.


Several senators have said that only a massive show of concern will influence them. Therefore, please email the message below to your state senator. Even better, use your own words. A good subject for the message would be “ELECTED SCHOOL BOARD” in all capital letters. Each registered voter in your household should send a separate message, since numbers count. Be sure to add your name and home address, or your senator will not count your message.

Click on or copy the link for your senator that follows the sample text below. If you are not sure which senator is yours, use the lookup tool at http://mdelect.net/electedofficials.

After you have sent the message, call your senator’s office (phone numbers below) to underscore the importance to you of his or her vote on this issue.

Here is a sample message--very simple and to the point:
Dear Senator:

I urge you to support legislation to restore our School Board with representatives elected from nine single-member districts. I do not want any at-large or appointed members on the Board.

I am your constituent, and I vote!

Thank you.

(Street Address)
(City, State ZIP)

DISTRICT 21, Sen. John A. Giannetti, Jr.
(410) 841-3141, (301) 858-3141

DISTRICT 22, Sen. Paul G. Pinsky
(410) 841-3155, (301) 858-3155

DISTRICT 23, Sen. Leo E. Green
(410) 841-3631, (301) 858-3631

DISTRICT 24, Sen. Nathaniel Exum
(410) 841-3148, (301) 858-3148

DISTRICT 25, Sen. Ulysses Currie
(410) 841-3127, (301) 858-3127

DISTRICT 26, Sen. Gloria G. Lawlah
(410) 841-3092, (301) 858-3092

DISTRICT 27, Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.
(410) 841-3700, (301) 858-3700

DISTRICT 47, Sen. Gwendolyn T. Britt
(410) 841-3745, (301) 858-3745

For further information, contact Citizens for an Elected Board at ElectedBoard@aol.com or 301-464-5168.

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