Earlier I posted the draft of a letter to President Obama and asked for your help.

I got some excellent suggestions.

To begin with, this is not an online petition, but an invitation to join together to write your own individual heartfelt letter to the President and to email the White House on the same day.

The President should understand that he can’t take educators for granted–or parents. We want change. We want a constructive education program, one that supports children and teachers and schools, not carrots and sticks and sanctions and punishments. We want support for public schools, not privatization.

So if you are willing, everyone should turn October 17 into the target day, for maximum effect.

One excellent idea came from a parent, who changed the letter to make it a letter from parents to the President.

If you don’t agree with any part of the parent or teacher letter, feel free to add or subtract your own ideas and language.

Or write your own letter, from scratch.

The important thing is that we should try to get thousand of parents, students, teachers, administrators, and concerned citizens to join in sending a respectful email to the President on October 17. I will republish my letter, for your use, to copy, revise, or change at will.