MEA launches statewide TV ads to hold politicians accountable for cutting schools

EAST LANSING, Mich., May 26, 2011— The Michigan Education Association released television ads this week calling on state politicians to “stop robbing our kids’ future” and to  reject cuts to the state’s K-12 budget.

“Michigan citizens, including teachers and school employees, are fed up with the state politicians who voted to cut $1 billion from local schools while giving a $1.8 billion tax break to rich CEOs and corporate special interests,” MEA President Iris K. Salters said. “The new ads leave no room for interpretation: Out-of-touch politicians are balancing their budget on the backs of our kids, and they will be held accountable for their actions.”

The ad can be viewed at www.youtube.com/MEAOnline.


TITLE: “Robbing”

 LENGTH: 30 seconds

 LAUNCH DATE: Monday, May 23, 2011

 AIRING: Statewide

 ON THE WEB: www.youtube.com/MEAOnline

 SCRIPT:

Adult male: “Lansing politicians did what?”

Adult female: “State politicians voted to cut funding to local schools.”

Adult male: “Cut our kids’ schools?”

Adult male: “How will our kids get the skills they need to compete for jobs?”

Adult female: “Our schools are the last place we should be cutting.”

Female child: “More schools will just close.”

Adult male: “And they voted for a huge tax break for rich CEOs.”

Adult female: “That’s just wrong.”

Adult male: “Big oil companies don’t need a break.”

Female child: “We do.”

Adult female: “Call your legislator. Tell them not to rob our kids’ future.”

Contact: Doug Pratt, Director of Public Affairs, 517-337-5566