(Already published Mon 10/22/2001 1:30 PM on HeirUpdates e-mail list)
by Cindy Sewell, Heir Chair 00-01February 6th
Send in your pledges! Mark your calendars! Invite your legislators! Buy your tickets!
You are invited to an evening with John Gatto, former NY City and NY State Teacher of the Year and author of "Dumbing Us Down," "The Underground History of American Education" and "A Different Kind of Teacher."
Pledges: Please send in your pledges now as we need to make deposits on the venue and speaker fees, print tickets, and reimburse transportation costs.
Calendars: This event occurs the evening before Home Education Day at the Capitol. This is an opportunity to begin your conversation about education with your legislator. HEIR plans to create a follow-up display at the Capitol for the next day. We will be working on getting group rates at a nearby hotel so that you can make the most out of a trip to Atlanta for Home Education Day.
Invite your legislators and other policy makers: For the Georgia FY 2002 budget, 55.4% goes to education. Legislators have an obligation to understand education and to see that 55.4% of your tax dollar is wisely spent. They will want to come hear the wisdom gained from Gatto's thirty years of helping kids learn. Gatto will discuss the "The Future of Education: What Will Work?" and field questions from the audience.
HEIR will provide complimentary tickets to policy makers whom you invite. Click here, email, or mail us to request complimentary tickets for policy makers, etc.. Central Presbyterian seats about 600. There is plenty of room to invite senators, representatives, superintendents, school social workers, school board members and PTA presidents.
Buy your tickets: Tickets are only $10. This helps pay for the speaker fee and related expenses, venue fee, and printing costs. The pledges don't cover all the expenses so we need to charge for tickets. Send your check to HEIR, P.O. Box 2111, Roswell, GA 30077-2111. We will mail your tickets to you.
With their individualized educations and great flexibility, Home educators tend to ask, "How does education happen?" on a daily basis. I know that John Gatto will have a challenging and insightful talk for home educators.
There will also be an opportunity to buy selected books by John Gatto and other writers on education at this event.
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