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District: Here’s what to say to lawmakers

Evanston-Skokie School District 65 officials are coaching parents about what to say to state lawmakers about school funding cuts.

They’ve posted a sample letter on the home page of the district website for use in writing or e-mailing lawmakers. It urges restoration of state aid to schools, without mentioning any of the tax-increase proposals on the table.

The sample letter describes District 65 as "a place where ideas blossom, creativity flourishes and young minds are nourished." It adds that nearly 43 percent of students are from low-income families "who desperately need the supports and services valued and provided in our community."

Lawmakers are considering raising the 3 percent state income tax to 4 or 5 percent to provide money to fund the slashed programs. 

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