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Advocacy Letter

[DATE]

[For House of Representatives]                          [For Ohio Senate]
The Honorable [FIRST NAME, LAST NAME]                   The Honorable [FIRST NAME, LAST NAME]
Ohio House of Representatives                           Ohio Senate
77 South High Street                                    Statehouse
Columbus, OH 43215                                      Columbus, OH 43215

Dear [Representative/Senator] [LAST NAME]:

        As you and your fellow [representatives/senators] engage in deliberations over the biennial
state budget, I want to urge you to build upon the State of Ohio’s existing support for STEM education
with continued funding in the FY 2010-2011 state budget.

        STEM education is of vital importance to all Ohioans because it is the key for our economic
turnaround. Ohio’s future will be built on technological leadership, knowledge creation and
innovation. STEM education produces exactly the kind of thinkers such a world demands. In these
difficult economic times, a STEM-literate workforce will help to attract new jobs and investment to
our state. I know firsthand the potential impact of STEM education in our state. [INSERT ONE OR
TWO SENTENCES DESCRIBING YOUR PERSONAL STORY/PERSPECTIVE HERE].

       Strong bipartisan support for STEM education in the previous state budget has helped establish
Ohio as a national leader in STEM education. That support is paying impressive dividends, including:

            26 K-8 STEM Programs of Excellence funded in FY 08-09, with 282 partnering
             organizations providing approximately $10 million in external support, serving a projected
             101,000 students and involving 3,400 teachers

            8 STEM Schools funded in FY08-09, with 164 partnering organizations providing
             approximately $61 million in external support, serving 7,700 students by 2013

        As you evaluate the tough budget choices facing Ohio, please consider both the magnitude of
the impact STEM investments already are having and the substantial external resources that regional
STEM partnerships have attracted and leveraged. STEM education holds enormous promise for even
greater impact across Ohio, and I urge you to support continued STEM funding as a budget priority. I
would be happy to speak with you at your convenience to talk more specifically about the many
benefits of STEM education.

Sincerely,


[NAME]
STEM School and/or STEM Program of Excellence Tour

[DATE]

[For House of Representatives]                         [For Ohio Senate]
The Honorable [FIRST NAME, LAST NAME]                  The Honorable [FIRST NAME, LAST NAME]
Ohio House of Representatives                          Ohio Senate
77 South High Street                                   Statehouse
Columbus, OH 43215                                     Columbus, OH 43215

Dear [Representative/Senator] [LAST NAME]:

        As you engage in deliberations over the biennial state budget, you are likely facing many
difficult decisions regarding state funding, and in particular, the funding of education in Ohio. To help
you in your decision-making process, I would like to invite you to take a tour of [SCHOOL], located in
[CITY], Ohio, to see firsthand how the unique teaching and learning that takes place in a STEM
[SCHOOL/PROGRAM].

        [STEM SCHOOL] has been open since [MONTH, YEAR] and [#] students are currently
enrolled. [OR: Our program has been in place since [MONTH, YEAR] and [#] students have directly
benefitted from it.] I would like to show you how STEM education is changing the way students learn
and preparing them to succeed in college, in their careers and as responsible community members.

        I will contact your office on [DATE] to follow up and schedule a time at your convenience to
tour the school. Please feel free to contact me at [PHONE NUMBER] if you have any questions or
would like more information. I look forward to speaking with you and showing you firsthand how
STEM education is shaping Ohio’s future.

Sincerely,



[NAME]
Business Tour

[DATE]

[For House of Representatives]                        [For Ohio Senate]
The Honorable [FIRST NAME, LAST NAME]                 The Honorable [FIRST NAME, LAST NAME]
Ohio House of Representatives                         Ohio Senate
77 South High Street                                  Statehouse
Columbus, OH 43215                                    Columbus, OH 43215

Dear [Representative/Senator] [LAST NAME]:

        As you engage in deliberations over the biennial state budget, you are likely facing many
difficult decisions regarding state funding, and in particular, how to grow Ohio’s economy to attract
high-skill, high-wage jobs to our state. To help you in your decision-making process, I would like to
invite you to tour [BUSINESS], located in [CITY], Ohio, to see firsthand the higher-level skills,
technical expertise, and problem-solving ability that are required in today’s marketplace.

        In my experience, Ohio needs the kinds of workers that STEM education produces. I would
like the opportunity to discuss with you how continued state funding for STEM programs will help
expand and accelerate the current efforts to develop creative, analytical, teamwork, communication and
problem-solving skills in Ohio’s students. STEM education is really about developing globally
competitive talent. I hope that you will be able to take time out of your busy schedule to meet with me
to learn more about what employers like me need in our future workforce and to discuss how STEM
education can truly be the key to unlocking Ohio’s potential, creating competitive advantage for our
state, and driving Ohio’s economic turnaround.

       I will contact your office on [DATE] to follow up and schedule a time at your convenience to
tour [BUSINESS]. Please feel free to contact me at [PHONE NUMBER] if you have any questions or
would like more information. I look forward to speaking with you and showing you firsthand how
STEM education will shape Ohio’s future.

Sincerely,



[NAME]

				
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