Wednesday, March 23, 2005


Action Needed During the Next Three Days!

The textbook funding issue is approaching a crisis mode. Both the Senate and the House are building their budgets as this email is being written. How many dollars are included for textbooks seems to vary with to whom you are talking. The numbers seem to also change by the day and sometimes the hour. Speculation is that half of the dollars will be included in the base budgets of both the House and Senate and the remaining dollars, which will include fine arts, will come from an emergency bill later in the session. Whether the emergency funding actually happens is very much in question at this time.

The purpose of this email is twofold. First is a final effort to increase the numbers of registered voters who have signed up for the GoArts campaign before compiling the final lists to be distributed to the members of the legislature. The number of signers is slightly over 30,000. If each member gets only five more registered voters to participate, that response will grow to almost 75,000. Do your part to make it happen!

The second purpose is simply to alert you that in two-three weeks we will be asking you to contact your legislator and request full funding for textbooks for both the deferred materials and the materials included in Proclamation 2002 (which includes fine arts). We will notify you by email with the appropriate instructions and the specific time for action.

TMEA's voice at the Capitol can truly make a difference on this issue!

What You Can Do:

  1. Sign up at and enlist at least five other registered voters to do the same.
  2. Spread the word through booster club website postings or via email to music parents as well as friends in your address book. The success of the project will depend on the effort of each of our members and other fine arts advocates to do their part to get the word out through email, newsletters, websites and word-of-mouth to current supporters and parents to take the sixty seconds to click on the site and fill out the required information.
  3. Enlist the support of arts organizations in your community. Contact symphony associations, community arts organizations, and PTA's for their support.
  4. Forward this email to five persons you feel may not have registered at

No comments: