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The One Where I Voice an Opinion

I can’t go silently into the night. I cannot sit by as history is about to be made….and I fully intend to be on the right side of history, here.

If you have any desire to see public schools succeed and function over the next 4 years, I implore you to write and/or call  the HELP Committee, as well as to your state senators. Tell them that you do not support Betsy DeVos as the next Secretary of Education, and that you encourage him or her to vote NO when it is time to cast a vote for her appointment approval.

If you don’t do it for your children, do it for mine, and those like mine. Jake and Tate both rely on IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) to receive a FREE and APPROPRIATE education. The IDEA holds public institutions accountable to provide interventions and accommodations and modifications so that my children can access the curriculum.

Ms. DeVos apparently has no idea that this is a FEDERAL law that needs to be enforced at the FEDERAL (NOT THE STATE) level.

Today I called and/or emailed every single member of the HELP Committee. Below is my script. It wasn’t easy. I was pushed way out of my comfort zone. BUT I did it. For them. My two amazing boys who work so damn hard every day to just get through the rigors of school.

“Hello, my name is Lisa and I’m a citizen of the state of ______. Two of my children depend on the IDEA to ensure that they have a Free and Appropriate Education. It is clear through watching the hearings for Mrs. DeVos that she is unaware of how IDEA should be enforced, as well as unaware of other issues that face our public schools and educators.

Please let Senator _________ know that I encourage him/her strongly to vote NO when it is time to approve Mrs. DeVos’s appointment to the role of Secretary of Education.

Thank you!”

Here is the list of the committee. Act now. Like Martin Luther King Junior said, “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things with greatness.”

Alexander, Lamar (TN),Chairman
Phone: (202) 224-4944
Enzi, Michael B. (WY)
Phone: (202) 224-3424
Burr, Richard (NC)
(202) 224-3154
Isakson, Johnny (GA)
(202) 224 – 3643
Paul, Rand (KY)
Collins, Susan M. (ME)
(202) 224 – 2523
Cassidy, Bill (LA)
(202) 224-5824
Young, Todd (IN)
(202) 224 – 5623
Hatch, Orrin G. (UT)
(202) 224-5251
Roberts, Pat (KS)
Murkowski, Lisa (AK)
Scott, Tim (SC)
(202) 224-6121
Murray, Patty (WA), Ranking Member
(202) 224-2621
Sanders, Bernard (VT)
(202) 224-5141
Casey, Robert P. (PA)
(202) 224-6324
Franken, Al (MN)
(202) 224-5641
Bennet, Michael F. (CO)
Whitehouse, Sheldon (RI)
(202) 224-2921
Baldwin, Tammy (WI)
(202) 224-5653
Murphy, Christopher (CT)
(202) 224-4041
Warren, Elizabeth (MA)
(202) 224-4543
Kaine, Tim (VA)
(202) 224-4024
Hassan, Margaret Wood (NH)
(202) 224-3324

Elect to be…

I have avoided writing anything about politics in my posts because, well, I am not one to stir up controversy and invite criticism. I have my beliefs. Others have theirs. I respect others beliefs, and I hope they respect mine. I am not going to say much else…except that if you haven’t already, please go out and vote!! We have been so blessed to have the privilege to vote. All we need to do is turn 18, and voila, we can vote for local, state, and national leaders. We don’t have to worry about losing our lives because we voted. We don’t have to worry about being female, or a different social class, or a particular race. Once we turn 18, we can register to vote. It is easy. It takes little time and/or effort. What are you waiting for?!

Don’t ever say that your vote won’t count. It does. The only election I ever missed was in the year 2000. Yes…THAT election. I was very self-absorbed. I was young. And dumb. And completely wrapped up in my wedding planning. The election was only a few days prior to my wedding…and I blew it off. Apparently getting some Jordan almonds for favors..or some tulle…or something equally ridiculous took priority over my civil duty to vote. As Hubz (who was not quite “Hubz” at that point) and I watched the results that night, I became ashamed…embarrassed. If ever in the history of voting did a vote or two count, it would have been in that election…and I didn’t vote. From that debacle on, I insisted that I would vote…and I encourage you to do the same.

I want to share a really cool story–as I voted today, a mother and her son entered the polling place. He was recently 18…and was voting in his first election ever. He was so nervous. He stammered a few times. He fumbled with the pen as he signed in to vote. He dropped his ballot on the way to the voting “booth”. But then he did it. And as he entered his ballot into the machine, the entire place erupted into applause. I couldn’t help but join in. It was exhilarating…exciting. I got goosebumps. The young man thanked everyone for being patient and nice…and threw his arms up into a “victory” pose. That is what it means to be proud of your citizenship.

Now, please, go vote!! Only about 6 more hours here!!!


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