Hey, Duluth School board:
Don’t sacrifice education for the Pentagon!
Did you know... that since 1996, the Duluth school district has been paying for the Department of Defense to recruit its students? At a cost of $170K/year, the district sponsors the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), a DoD-operated class in which students wear military uniforms, practice military drills, and learn that true citizenship means following orders.
The good news is that Duluth students aren't interested in JROTC. The class can't even meet half of its expected enrollment. In the face of a huge budget deficit, school administrators recently recommended that JROTC be closed. The school board agreed.
The bad news: In a surprise March 17 vote, the board unanimously reversed its decision. But in order to spare JROTC, they'll have to cut $170,000 from somewhere else. Since the district has already cut all of its unnecessary programs, this could lead to teachers losing their jobs and class sizes going up!
Take action! Call or write members of the school board and administration today! Remind them that JROTC is controversial in the community and unpopular among students, and it should not be spared at the price of real education!
Duluth School Board:
-Mary Cameron (At Large): firstname.lastname@example.org; 341-8893
-Laura Condon (District 4): email@example.com; 624-7045
-Gary Glass (At Large): firstname.lastname@example.org; 525-2384
-Tim Grover (District 3): email@example.com; 722-5961
-Nancy Nilsen (At Large): firstname.lastname@example.org; 628-2125
-Judy Seliga Punyko (District 2): Judy.SeligaPunyko@duluth.k12.mn.us; 525-4688
-Ann Wasson (District 1): email@example.com; 728-1931
-Assistant Superintendent Joe Hill: firstname.lastname@example.org; 336-8739
For more info or to get involved in the campaign against JROTC, contact the Northland Anti-War Coalition, or more specifically its Truth in Recruiting Committee at truthinrecruiting(at)riseup(dot)net or 218-340-4356 [ask for Joel].