Letters to Legislators


 

[Date]

 

 

 

 

[Legislator’s Name]

[Room Number]

Kansas State Capitol

300 SW 10th Street

Topeka, KS  66612

 

Dear [Governor Sebelius or Senator or Representative’s Name],

I am writing to express my support for the Kansas Academy of Mathematics & Science (KAMS) at Fort Hays State University and to strongly encourage you to prevent the elimination of KAMS.

Preservation of funding for the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science is of central importance to the state because KAMS has the potential to benefit not only the students attending, but Kansas as a whole.  The students attending KAMS will be challenged in the classroom in ways that most have likely never been challenged before.  By leaving the traditional high school classroom, which does not always best serve the highly gifted and talented student, students will be able to excel in new ways.  Additionally, students will have the opportunity to engage in research with doctoral-level faculty, an opportunity unique to the KAMS program.

Although the benefit to students is clear, I also wish to emphasize the benefit to the state of Kansas as a whole.  By exposing the state’s best and brightest students to the educational opportunities in Kansas’ universities, I believe that many who may have otherwise left the state for their undergraduate education will remain here in Kansas.  Also, by developing relationships with business and industry in Kansas, KAMS will enable students also to build relationships with Kansas’ business leaders.  Such relationships are of central importance when those same businesses recruit their own next generation of leaders.  Through KAMS, Kansas businesses may accelerate retention of newly graduated students who otherwise may have left Kansas upon graduation. 

When looking at the benefits of KAMS as compared to the overall cost of the program, I believe that it is a small price to pay.  I believe that total elimination of KAMS would be unfair to the prospective students, the entire Regent’s system of higher education, and the State of Kansas.

Thank you in advance for your support of the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science.

Sincerely,

 

[Your Name]

[Your Address]

 

 

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