Be a reliable source of information. Research your issue and know the facts so that you can provide information to legislators and answer their questions. Do not assume that legislators know specifics about the school district or education issues in general. Be prepared to follow-up with answers to any questions you may not know on the spot. Visit the budget page to view a variety of budget fact sheets.
The district strongly advocates for the New York State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo to immediately:
With another year of significant state revenue reductions looming for New York State’s public school districts and more difficult educational decisions to be made, Stillwater Central School District realizes that without meaningful and timely relief from our government leaders, residents may risk losing the high level of public education that they have come to know and value throughout the years.
The time for change is now. The voices of school leaders and lobbyists for state-level education groups simply are not enough, as recent legislative sessions have shown. Elected officials need to hear from you, their constituents.
They need to hear from the people that are most directly impacted by their decisions year after year — the students, parents, employees, residents, community groups and business owners of Stillwater.
Advocacy takes many forms. It could be a note to an elected official, a comment made during a public forum, a letter to a newspaper editor or formal testimony at public hearings. It could be as simple as chatting with neighbors to clear up misunderstandings about education issues or sharing education-related stories with a local civic organization during monthly meetings.
Becoming an advocate for education is not as hard as you might think. Anyone can become involved, at any level they choose. The only prerequisite necessary is a desire to fight for our students and our community schools. Effective advocates do their homework. They know the issues and plan their communication. Most of all, they give their time to advance their cause.
Below you will find several tools to help you become an advocate for education and for Stillwater. Thank you for taking the time to advocate on behalf of the children of Stillwater and for helping to ensure that they receive the high-quality education they deserve.