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IWN Staff
August 16, 2023 - 2 minutes
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How to Write a Letter to the Editor (LTE)

It is that time of the year again! Back to school! Preseason is beginning, and students are readying their supplies for the new year. We’re all thinking about what these students will be learning this year in their respective classrooms and schools – and hopefully, in the school of their choice that best fits their needs.

As the radical gender ideology movement continues to push an anti-parent and pro-woke agenda, we all must do our part to be involved, raise awareness, and say enough is enough. It’s time to put students over systems.

This is the perfect opportunity for placing a Letter to the Editor in your local newspaper!

We know that, as IWN members, you are involved, active, and outspoken in your communities. We know how deeply our IWN members care about educational opportunities and parental rights. While everyone is thinking about back to school and all that comes with it, we recommend that you think about the education issues that impact you, your family, your community, or your state directly, and write about it! 

We suggest you read your local paper, respond to what is being written on education, and set the narrative straight. Your views will inspire others, encourage discussion, and cause change!

Here are a few broad issue areas to consider for writing a Letter to the Editor surrounding back to school:

  • School Choice
  • Transparency
  • Radical Ideology
  • Preseason/School Sports/Title IX
  • Parental Rights
  • Parental Empowerment
  • Education Freedom
  • Teachers Unions’ REAL Priorities
  • ESAs
  • School Boards
  • Notable State Legislation That Has Been Advanced/Implemented

Remember that each newspaper operates under different guidelines, so please check there first, but here are some tips to keep in mind as you start writing:

  • Word Count: ~200 words
    • Short, Sweet, and To The Point!
  • Requires Local Hook
  • Great to Respond Directly to Something the Newspaper Covered — article, editorial, or op-ed.

Once you’ve readied your piece, please send to [email protected] so the IW media team can review and offer feedback. Once finalized, the IW media team will help pitch, submit, and place your piece for publication.

Once published, IW media team can use content to garner additional media coverage, and IW social media team can amplify on IWN social channels.

Happy writing! Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

IWN Staff
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