April 29, 2015

Seize This Important Opportunity to Make a Positive Impact on Schools, Families and Communities

Election Day in Michigan will arrive shortly with major implications for schools, families and communities for years to come.  Now is the time to pull together, reach out to our friends, colleagues and neighbors and urge support to turn out for Proposal 1.
Let’s seize this opportunity to invest in our schools, children and families.  Let’s pledge to go to the polls on May 5 and urge our friends and neighbors to do the same!  This ballot proposal is likely to be our best chance to fix the roads and continue support for the programs that matter most for our schoolchildren and families in this current state Legislative session.  Let’s not lose this opportunity to gain more support for the programs that make a difference for Michigan’s future.
In addition, please join us in these final days before May 5 by contacting your friends, colleagues and networks -- in person, on social media and by any means to discuss the critical need to improve the roads without disinvestment in other critical programs.  While the Legislature is currently putting together the FY2016 state budget, funding decisions being negotiated have focused on third-grade reading, support for at-risk learners, and ensuring more young people are college and career ready.  It’s important to know that these decisions may be contingent on the outcome of Proposal 1. Should the proposal fail, we are concerned that state lawmakers will feel pressured to divert funding from important programs for children, youth and families and will be unable to provide new investments to improve child and family outcomes to focus on repairing the mess on the roads as the Legislature previously considered. 
The stakes are high, and we cannot afford the risks.
This is critical funding at a time when the public demands — and children and families deserve — more, not less, investment in K-12 schools, early childhood education and expanded learning to help all children succeed in school and life.  Help spread the word.  Share this critical information with others and vote on May 5. 
Please read more about the issue and view these commentaries:
Advocacy tips to help you stand up and speak out for Michigan children. 

Where to vote:  In many communities, Proposal 1 is the only decision on the local ballot. Polling locations are often consolidated in cases of special elections.  To be certain you know where to go on Tuesday, May 5, check with your local clerk’s office to know where your voting precinct is located.  Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Are you on social media?  Please share your thoughts about Proposal 1 on Facebook and Twitter.  See sample social media posts.

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