I just got a letter from my representative in the U.S. Congress, and I have to say I’m impressed to get such a personal response in such a timely manner. He’s in a district where he won by the skin of his teeth last election, so he knows every vote counts. Several of you live in such districts, so you too can write them!
He was very sympathetic and said that he had gotten other comments and letters regarding NCLB and those with severe disabilities. Voices are being heard. However, he is not on the House Education and Workforce Committee but knows they are sensitive to the issue of NCLB needing some work in this area. However it will not happen until later in the year, which means we are all stuck with it for awhile.
I also wrote to my two state senators, Saxby Chambliss (who is up for re-election) and Johnny Isakson who is not up until 20010. Unfortunately, Isakson is the one who needs the most heat, because he is actually one of the folks GW Bush tapped to help write and pass this abomination. And he a member of the appropriate committee in the senate.
Folks, the time to really make a stand is right now. I’ve never been much of a political participant, other than voting, but this has certainly made an activist out of me. I have no problems writing a check to someone who articulates well on this issue, and this is irregardless of party lines.
It’s somewhat encouraging to get some positive feedback, which just further eggs me on and energizes me. I’ll go ahead and send Mr. Chambliss and Mr. Isakson another copy of my letter through snail mail as that may prove more persuasive than the webmail version.
100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1340
Atlanta, GA 30339
One Overton Park 3625 Cumberland Boulevard,
Atlanta, GA 30339