TEF Lessons for Members and Citizens Lesson 8. Moving from Information To Action. Objective:. Participants will: Explore state affiliate TEF activities, Examine a template for starting a campaign, and Develop a state and/or local action plan.
The AEA is on the offense to prevent funding erosion!
The CEA has embarked on community outreach, coalition building, and a media campaign to educate the public www.believeinabettercolorado.org
The AEA has been conducting TEF workshops around the state to organize members around school funding. Last spring they held a march where 10,000 members and supporters showed up to rally for public school funding.
Utah – the UEA has an ongoing campaign. Some of the UEA’s talking points:
The IEA has held workshops in over 100+ locals… part of their education campaign has included the “Who Pays You” video…
1. Thinking about the changes that are needed in your state and local to address these issues, what changes can you envision that would make the most difference in your students’ lives? What would those changes look like?
2. What would you have to let go of to bring this vision into reality? What would you do to begin?
3. Who are the core partners and helpers that would help you bring it into reality and that could support you in these efforts?
4. If you committed to taking on the project of bringing your intentions into reality, what practical steps could you take in the next three to seven days?
TEF Website: http://www.nea.org/tef
State affiliates in TEF Action
States Facing Budget Shortfall – Center for Policy and Budget Priorities (CBPP) reports state fiscal profiles.
State-by-state tax news and policy analysis provided by the Institute of Economics and Policy Analysis (ITEP).
Economic Policy Institute’s (EPI) new report analysis rank states by overall unemployment as well as the change seen since the start of the recession in December 2007.
Enriching Children, Enriching the Nation show state returns in budget, salary, crime reduction by investing in Pre-K thru 12.
Find out how much Wal-Mart is costing your state in subsidy deals, healthcare cost, and property tax appeal appeals.
Combined Reporting, How Does Your State Stack-Up? Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) This reporting requires multi-state corporations to report the income earned by both the parent corporation and all of its subsidiaries and to determine their income tax liabilities on that basis.
Good Jobs First state-by-state corporate subsidy websites.
TEF Website: http://www.nea.org/tef
NEA Information on establishing a social networking site to use as an organizing tool.
Others are: (http://www.ning.com/ ) and (http://www.groupsite.com/)
http://www.faireconomy.org/tfoc to locate your state’s tax fairness organizing collaborative. These groups are located in 21 states.
Funding for Schools
On Economic Policies
U.S. PIRG on Countdown. Olbermann talks about U.S. PIRG\'s report "Tax Shell Game.”
Free Lunch, Corp Welfare, Bill Moyers and David Cay Johnston (9:49)David Cay Johnston - A History of Government Subsidies (3:08)David Cay Johnston - Are Government Subsidies Unfair? (4:43)David Cay Johnston - A Moral Argument for Progressive Taxes (3:04)
PBS Now, "Taxing the Poor" ((26.03)
Warren Buffett\'s Tax Rate is Lower than His Secretary\'s (4:39)
TAXES: Warren Buffett - Rich Taxed Too Little, Poor Too Much (5:17)
Eye To Eye With Katie Couric: Buffett\'s Tax Code (CBS News) (1:40)
Access Quality Education: School Funding Litigation A National Network of Advocates Involved in Education Finance Litigation,
Abbott vs. Burkeis the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered a set of education programs and reforms widely recognized to be the most fair and just in the nation.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it\'s the only thing that ever has.”
“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’ ”
--- George Bernard Shaw
The Call to Action!