MEA launches new ad and website urging politicians to stand up for kids, not CEOs

EAST LANSING, Mich., Sept. 29, 2011 — The Michigan Education Association launched a new ad and website Thursday that urges citizens to hold Republican legislators accountable for cutting education to pay for a $1.8 billion tax break to corporate special interests.

Michigan citizens can go to www.KidsNotCEOs.com to view the ad, share their stories on how the Republicans’ massive education cuts are affecting their local communities and take action to help prevent future cuts.

“Parents, teachers and other citizens throughout Michigan are rightfully upset at Republicans in Lansing for slashing $1 billion from schools, just to pay for a $1.8 billion tax break to corporate special interests like big banks and oil companies,” MEA President Steven Cook said. “Instead of working to give our kids the education and skills they need to compete for jobs, Republicans in Lansing continue to focus on settling political scores and treating teachers and school employees like punching bags. It’s time to hold these Lansing politicians accountable.”


TITLE: “Believe”

LENGTH: 1 minute, 18 seconds

LAUNCH DATE: Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011

ON THE WEB: www.KidsNotCEOs.com

SCRIPT: “It sounds hard to believe: Rich CEOs and corporate special interests got a $1.8 billion tax break, paid for by cuts to local schools. That’s right — Republicans in Lansing voted to give a $1.8 billion break to big banks…oil companies…stealing money from our schools and making it harder for our kids to get the skills they need to compete for jobs. Denying our kids opportunities to succeed, making teachers pay hundreds of dollars out of pocket for basic school supplies like books and pencils, while CEOs keep milking the system. It’s time we teach these Republican politicians a lesson. Call your lawmaker and tell them to stand up for our kids, not CEOs. Tell them to give the money back.”

Contact: Doug Pratt, MEA Director of Public Affairs, 517-332-6551