Sample Tweets

  • Twitter has over one billion unique visitors each month and has many advantages when seeking to communicate a message to the public. Additionally, it is an effective advocacy tool, as many elected officials and policymakers are now communicating with and taking input from constituents through this platform. Twitter allows users to send "tweets" containing up to 280 characters (Twitter recently changed the character limit from 140 to 280). Users may "tag" other users in their tweets, and Twitter will notify each user when they have been tagged. Additionally, users may insert "hashtags" in tweets, like #FixSchoolFinance, #TxEd, and #TxLege. By including hashtags in tweets, users can generate attention to subjects or issues.

    Below are examples of tweets you may choose to send to lawmakers.  Be sure to tag their “handle” in the tweets.  In addition to the samples below, please use the talking points provided for emails and letters or share your personal story.  Please remember that it is important to be courteous and concise, and that all tweets are public.

    Below are examples of tweets you can send to lawmakers.  Please be sure use #FixSchoolFinance in every tweet.

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The state of Texas must reduce its over-reliance on local property tax dollars to fund public education. When my property taxes increase, the state decreases its share of funding public education, meaning my property taxes count for less. #FixSchoolFinance


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Your local public schools don’t receive additional funding when property values and taxes increase. The state lowers its funding to public schools, and places a higher burden on local tax dollars. Let’s #FixSchoolFinance and invest in our children and the future of Texas. #TxLege #TxEd


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Many of the state’s funding formulas haven’t been updated since the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan was President and Merle Haggard had a number 1 hit! It is time to #FixSchoolFinance.


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Texas was recently given a F for education funding by Education Week. This is unacceptable, and our children and teachers deserver better. #FixSchoolFinance #TxLege


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Mediocrity isn’t very Texan. Texas public schools require a finance system that empowers educators and students to meet the demands of the growing workforce in Texas. It’s time to #FixSchoolFinance.


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Thank you (insert lawmaker handle) for working to #FixSchoolFinance. Please urge your colleagues in the legislature to prioritize public education in 2019. #TxLege #TxEd


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My local property taxes should stay in my local schools. It’s time to #FixSchoolFinance by putting an end to recapture, which is robbing our children of the educational resources they need. #TxLege #TxEd


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Lawmakers can #FixSchoolFinance by increasing the Basic Allotment enough to keep pace with inflation and the growing needs of students. #TxEd #TxLege


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Lawmakers can #FixSchoolFinance by increasing the state’s share of funding public education to 50%. #TxEd #TxLege


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Lawmakers can #FixSchoolFinance by updating the funding weights for unique populations, like special education, bilingual, English-language learners, and GT students. Many of these weights have not been updated in over two decades. #TxEd #TxLege


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Lawmakers can #FixSchoolFinance by counting full-day pre-K students in recapture calculations for Chapter 41 districts. #TxEd #TxLege


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