Stand Up For Education News
SUFE stands up for full-time kindergarten
May 2007: Research shows that full-time kindergarten is one of the
best ways to boost student achievement, reduce dropout rates and
help at-risk children. It's one of the best ways to invest in better
education. Most important, children love it. And now, thanks to
the 2007 Legislature, school districts will get some help in providing
full-time kindergarten. The Stand Up For Education coalition launched
an effort to educate Montanans about the benefits of optional full-day
kindergarten. Read more.
The Montana legislature made significant new investments in K-12
school funding and higher education. 2007 Legislature
and education funding.
Finance expert says education, not subsidies, boost economy.
Speaking out against public subsidies to private industry can be
like trashing mom and apple pie. But the billions of dollars poured
into economic development each year is largely misspent, suggests
Art Rolnick, director of research for the Ninth Federal Reserve
Bank in Minneapolis.
The money would be better spent educating needy pre-schoolers, he
said. Getting kids ready for formal education as early as kindergarten
is the real return on tax money. Read the
entire article from the Billings Gazette.
Stand Up For Education Coalition grows: now 16 groups strong
Welcome to our two new SUFE coalition members! The Montana
Retired Educators Association, co-directed by Don and Clarice Walters
of Belgrade, is affiliated with AARP. The Montana Small Schools
Association, directed by Claudette Morton, is based in Helena. We
are delighted to welcome these two new groups to the SUFE family!
SUFE "cookbooks" are available!
Here's a recipe for success:
1. Take 1 copy of the national award-winning SUFE video showing
impacts of inadequate state funding on Montana's public schools,
colleges, and universities.
2. Add 1 presenter and 1 ready-made presenter's script.
3. Mix in 3-5 facts about local impacts of inadequate state funding.
4. Simmer gently 20 minutes before a local school board, parents'
group, neighbors, or other community organization.
YIELD: Informed, mobilized local citizens who are empowered to
help stand up for public education in Montana. (Yield will vary
according to number of audience members.)
As part of SUFE's ongoing public information efforts, SUFE members
across the state are giving 20-minute presentations to groups in
their communities. With the help of the new SUFE "cookbook,"
these presentations are fun and easy to give!
The cookbook contains the SUFE video, a brief script, SUFE brochures,
tips for successful presentations, and everything else you will
need for a successful SUFE presentation.
The 20-minute presentations are helping spread the message of hope:
we can turn the funding situation around and keep Montana's
excellent public schools, colleges, and universities strong!
You don't have to be a professional public speaker to give a SUFE
presentation. You just have to care about kids and education. For
a copy of the SUFE cookbook, please contact Sanna