Here are a few pointers as you
write our lawmakers:
Be Brief. State your position in the first 2 sentences! Be brief
and to the point. Include 1 or 2 compelling arguments. (Write again
to make additional points.)
Have a Clear, Specific Message. Please restore the $1.6 million funding
for the Elementary School Foreign Languages model program is our core
Personalize Your Letters. A form letter can help you start, but please
personalize your letter. Thoughtful, courteous letters are more effective.
E-Mail Has Limitations. Please include your name, home address and
phone number. Sometimes legislators do call!
Be Timely. Write early. Your letters are more effective before they
form an opinion.
Be Courteous. Rude comments are less effective. One can be firm while
Follow-up. If their response is vague, ask for clarification. Send
a thank you; they're appreciated.
Utilize Letters-to-the-Editor and Op/Eds. If you get a letter-to-the-editor
or an opinion editorial published, send a copy of it with your letter.
It will show that you're interested, have credibility, and have influence.
Adapted from the The National Center for Public Policy Research website
Please take a few moments to make your voices heard.
Thanks for all that you do for world language learning!
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