Did you know what you were getting into?

Last week, I was asked a question: “Didn’t you know what you were getting into, when you decided to become a teacher?”.

This week, I was told this statement: “You knew what you were getting into when you chose to be a teacher”.

The question and statement were comments on two separate links that I posted on Facebook.  The posted links related to current education events, and the comments quickly shifted to teacher pay. I believe that the question was genuine, and I will address it later in this post. The statement was a genuine attack on the teaching profession.

The person that made this statement is someone that I have known for 15 years.  He is the father of a friend. He was using public records (about administrative pay) and taking it out of the context of the discussion. He would not consider the data that I provided, and the context that I provided as a classroom teacher. Eventually, I was told that my generation expects to start making tons of money at the beginning of our careers, because we have never had jobs involving physical labor to provide for our families. I don’t believe that the appreciation of wages comes from physical labor. I believe that it comes from being taught gratitude and contentment.

The discussion got heated when an educator friend of mine, who commented on the thread, was called an “educator”. The man then spewed nonsense about low district scores being the fault of teachers. He told me that I had no interest in conversing with someone of a differing opinion. I ended the conversation, not because I can’t handle a differing opinion, but because I was not going to let the false narrative of public school failure be spewed on my personal page, without factual data to prove his argument. I won’t allow myself or my colleagues to be attacked. My Facebook, my rules…sorry if you don’t like it. Just for the record, dissenting opinions are always welcome on this blog…just keep it classy.

After encountering this person’s ignorance, it made me ask myself the question: “Did I know what I was getting into, when I decided to become a teacher?”.

So here are some of my answers…

Yes, I knew that my salary would be low when compared to my peers.
No, I didn’t understand that the family insurance plan would be a joke.

Yes, I knew that I would have to prove my worth.
No, I didn’t understand that so many media outlets wanted to tell the public that I was worthless.

Yes, I understood that the perception of my generation was lazy and unthankful.
No, I didn’t realize that this perception would be cast upon us by many people that raised us.

Yes, I knew that I would I have to pay for classroom essentials out of my own pocket.
No, I didn’t understand that my state would decrease the funding for my students more than any other state.

Yes, I knew that I would have parents that would agree & disagree with my teaching philosophy.
No, I didn’t fully understand how often I would be the primary parental figure in a student’s life.

Yes, I knew that there was going to be a dentist elected State Superintendent.
No, I didn’t realize that she would be a constant adversary to the teaching profession.
No, I didn’t realize that she would claim that my teachers had lost a generation of students.

Yes, I realized that some of our state’s elected officials were immature.
No, I didn’t realize that our governor would have a pissing contest with our legislators.

Yes, I realized that people who had never been a career educator would think that my job is easy.
No, I didn’t realize that I’d be called greedy when wanting higher wages.

Yes, I knew that some elected officials do not fight for public education, but against.
No, I didn’t realize that one of our biggest adversaries would be our United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.

Yes, I realized that I would be evaluated with great scrutiny.
No, I didn’t realize that I would be evaluated in a dangerous way, which views students and teachers as numbers.

Yes, I knew that I would meet amazing people.
No, I didn’t realize that I would meeting my amazing wife.

Yes, I knew that some people wanted to radically “reform” the teaching profession.
No, I didn’t know that Teach for America would steal jobs from career educators, and cycle TFA teachers like a Temp. agency.

Yes, I understood that I would make a generational difference.
No, I didn’t understand that rhetoric would be used to make me appear to be lazy and selfish.

Yes, I understood that it would be hard.
Yes, I knew I that I would love it.
Yes, I would do it again. But, just because I am in love with my career, doesn’t mean that I have to relinquish my advocacy card.

After looking at this list, maybe I was the one that was really ignorant. Or maybe, I was a 20 year old college student wanting to make a positive impact on the students, and on the profession.

So, I ask my fellow educators: Did you know what you were getting into?

 

 

 

 

 

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HB 2642: We Need Action!

We need to push through HB 2642: especially because the income tax has made it through committee. Our students need this funding! This bill will be heard by committee (tomorrow) Wednesday, April 2! 

I have made it simple. Listed below is a copy & paste list for emails. Also, there is a name and phone number contact list.

This is literally all you have to do… call the numbers and/or email.

The secretary or voicemail will answer, or you will email, and you will tell them:

1) My name is_________. 2) I am from ___________. 3) I want the Senator to vote “YES!” on HB 2642. 4) My phone number is _________ (if they even ask for a phone number).

It’s literally that easy! Remember, these people are working for us!

Email Copy & Paste List:

jolley@oksenate.gov 
justice@oksenate.gov 
bass@oksenate.gov
branan@oksenate.gov
brinkley@oksenate.gov
coates@oksenate.gov
crain@oksenate.gov
david@oksenate.gov
ellis@oksenate.gov
efields@oksenate.gov
fordj@oksenate.gov 
griffin@oksenate.gov
halligan@oksenate.gov
holt@oksenate.gov 
ivester@oksenate.gov 

johnsonc@oksenate.gov
johnsonr@oksenate.gov 
marlatt@oksenate.gov 
mazzei@oksenate.gov 
newberry@oksenate.gov 
paddack@oksenate.gov 

standridge@oksenate.gov
stanislawski@oksenate.gov 
lewis@oksenate.gov 
Treat@oksenate.gov
wyrick@oksenate.gov 

 

 

Name and Phone Number List:

Clark Jolley (405) 521-5622

Ron Justice (405) 521-5537

Randy Bass (405) 521-5567

Cliff Branan (405) 521-5543

Rick Brinkley (405) 521-5566

Henry Coates (405) 521-5547

Brian Crain (405) 521-5620

Kim David (405) 521-5590

Jerry Ellis 405.521.5614

Eddie Fields (405) 521-5581

John Ford (405) 521-5634

AJ Griffin (405) 521-5628

Jim Halligan 405.521.5572

David Holt (405) 521-5636

Tom Ivester (405) 521-5545

Constance Johnson (405) 521-5531

Rob Johnson (405) 521-5592

Bryce Marlatt 405.521.5626

Mike Mazzei (405) 521-5675

Dan Newberry 405.521.5600

Susan Paddack (405) 521-5541 

Rob Standridge (405) 521-5535

Gary Stanislawski (405).521.5624

Anthony Sykes (405) 521-5569

Greg Treat(405) 521-5632

Charles Wyrick (405) 521-5561

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Showdown at the OK Corral: Oklahoma’s Rally for Education

I’ve already done my super serious post about the rally: Get Ready to Fight. I thought that the night before the rally, I would do something a different.

My favorite movie of all time is, Tombstone. I used to watch this movie with one of my big brothers, Jake, all of the time. In fact, it was the last thing that we ever did together. I love how intense each character is, and the transformation of Wyatt Earp. I absolutely love the non-transformation of Doc Holliday. This movie has some of the best one-liners ever! Jake was definitely a Doc Holliday kind of person, but he would tell me that I was Virgil Earp.

In the movie, the three Earp brothers move to Tombstone, in hopes of starting a new and profitable life. They leave their careers as lawmen behind in Kansas. After living in Tombstone, they realize that there is a group of rebels referred to as, “The Red Sash Cowboys”. The Red Sashes profit off of the misfortunes of the citizens. They lie, cheat, and steal. Against Wyatt’s wishes, Virgil decides to don the lawman’s badge once again, in hopes of saving this town. Jake told me that I reminded him of Virgil, because I was always the first person to have a guilty conscience and stand up against the injustice. This is what Virgil says to Wyatt:

I walk around this town and

look these people in the eyes.

It's just like someone's

slappin' me in the face.

These people are afraid
to walk down the street
and I'm tryin' to make money off
that like some (edit) vulture!

Tomorrow, we will have a showdown with some of these Red Sash Cowboys. Now, in no way am I saying that our Legislators do not support public education. In fact, there are a couple of our Norman Reps. that I think support us in a great way. However, there are some Red Sashes that want to work in tandem with ALEC to destroy our public school system: preying on the public’s ignorance. They are doing this by continuing to use the false narrative that: public schools are failing, that schools are adequately funded, and that teachers are complaining. One of these Red Sash Cowboys is, State Representative Jason Murphey. This “Representative” continues to try and make a name for himself, using a divisive, destructive, and irresponsible rhetoric.  His latest opinion commentary in the DOK is laughable. You can access this article: HERE. It is a short and shallow read. Here is an excerpt:

Last year, legislators increased common education appropriations by $90 million. Just this one increase significantly exceeds the revenue provided each year to common education by the state lottery. Despite the size, this increase is a mere fraction of last fiscal year’s $6.37 billion of common education financial transactions put through the Oklahoma Cost Accounting System (OCAS). This is up from the $6.04 billion put through OCAS in the 2008-09 fiscal year.

I’ll give you a second to stop laughing at this ludicrous statement. Let’s not mention the hundreds of millions of dollars that have been taken away from public schools. I’m confident that any Team #oklaed blogger could win an education related debate with Mr. Murphey.

I can’t wait to stand with thousands of  parentsteachersadministrators, (some) legislators, and community members. We are working together to ensure that Oklahoma’s students, parents, teachers, and schools are provided with resources that reflect the importance of a quality education.

Thank you to all of the teachers that are “staying behind” at schools that are not canceling classes. All of you are just as important in this fight.

Thank you to the Legislators that are standing with us. We know that we cannot do this without you.

Thank you to the parents that are standing with us, and the parents that aren’t able to attend.  Thank you for trusting us with your children.

I believe that this will prove to be an important day in #oklaed history.

Since I went with a movie theme on this post, I thought I’d leave you with a movie clip from Braveheart.  Upon learning about the rally, I have envisioned Rob Miller opening the rally like this:

 

Remember, it’s not just about the fight tomorrow. We aren’t going to be paid to go away. It’s about continuing this new found culture of  stakeholder ownership  in the advocation process. We will not stop fighting for our students.

Take care.

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Retention, Petitions, and House Bills, OH MY!

I am terrified of the retention portion of the Reading Sufficiency Act (RSA). We need to support HB 2625 (without amendments) to help defeat one-test retention.

Recently, I read a post from Claudia Swisher about her love for To Kill a Mockingbird…you can read this post HERE. In the post, she struggled to recall the first time that she read her favorite book.

After I read this great post, I tried to remember the first book that I ever “loved”. I checked-out Danny and the Dinosaur on a weekly basis, while a student in Mrs. Williamson’s kindergarten class. I LOVED the part when they went to the baseball game!

I loved reading at school, but I despised having to go home and  read for 20 minutes, and then have my mom sign my agenda stating that I read at home. I have always been considered a student that had good reading skills. If you know me personally, you know that my mind is always racing. I’m constantly analyzing in my head.  I always have to reread everything! I couldn’t (and still can’t) keep my mind focused on the meaning of the words without slowing down. Because of this, I was a fast “reader”, but a slow comprehender.

I remember loving to read books after recess during elementary school. Just for nostalgia’s sake, here are a few favorites: Where the Red Fern Grows, anything from the Goosebumps collection, Number the Stars, A Dog Called Kitty, Night of the Twisters, Sideways Stories From Wayside School, Sounder, Fudge, and Hatchet.  I could name off several books that I loved in elementary school, so it was very hard for me to think about when I started to dislike reading.

I realized that I started to dislike reading in the sixth grade. My middle school had a period of the day dedicated to “reading for pleasure”. This sounds like a great idea, right? However, this class was driven by a program called, “Accelerated Reader” or “AR”. Each “AR” library book had an associated reading level and point total. At the beginning of the semester, each student participated in a computer assessment. The assessment would place the student at a certain “level” and create a point goal for the student to obtain. As the student completed a book that was in his/her “level”, he/she would complete a computerized comprehension test about the book. The student would then receive a point total based on the result. The student’s grade in the class was determined by the overall progress made towards the semester point goal.

As a student that had to read content repeatedly to comprehend, I hated this class! I hated that my friends could knock out a Harry Potter novel in a week, while it would take me a month! In the middle school brain of mine, I felt that this system favored the students that could read fast and comprehend well, while leaving little room for students that just wanted to read at their own pace. Luckily, I had two older brothers that taught me to purposely fail the initial assessment, thus allowing my semester point goal to be small. As sad as this sounds, this decreased my stress level for AR class.

As I endured this class for three years, I built up a resentment toward reading. Although I was reading, I wasn’t learning how to love reading. I just wanted to read for pleasure.

As I made my way through my undergraduate classes, I began to fall in love with reading again. I had a T.A. in college that recommended, Columbine by Dave Cullen. This book related to a subject matter that intrigued me- a nonfiction account of a major event that altered the current education culture. After I read this book, I began to fall in love with other books, such as: Letters to a Young Poet and Wild at Heart. I also realized that there were several books that I read in middle and high school that I actually loved, such as: The Giver, Animal Farm, and To Kill a Mockingbird. I didn’t realize that I loved these books initially, because I couldn’t get past the negative experiences that I had with reading.

This is why I am terrified of the Reading Sufficiency Act (RSA). I wrote a previous post about RSA titled, “Houston, we have a (testing) problem”. I continue to hear stories about 3rd grade students having test anxiety, because they are afraid that they will be retained. It makes me sick. Countless elementary students are already being labeled as “successes” or “failures”, because of their score on this reading test.

The phrase that keeps getting tossed around is, “reading is a skill”. I totally agree with this statement. However, I also believe that this skill has to be nurtured through positive experiences. I fear that our students will begin to view  reading as a potential punishment, instead of a skill that creates a world of learning. I fear that RSA is creating a generation of students that will resent reading, learning, and school. We must fight against this style of retainment if we want to create a generation of competitive scholars, workers, and leaders. Retainment should be discussed and decided by people that are involved in the lives of each student…a test should not decide this.

House Bill 2625 would allow parents, teachers, and administrators to determine the promotion or retainment of a student, based on individual strengths and needs. As the state PLAC’s have made clear, it is important to support this bill with no amendments! We want it to be clear that Oklahoman’s parents want and need a continual voice in their student’s promotion or retainment!

HB 2625 will be heard in the Senate Common Education Committee on Monday, March 31! It would be great if the committee and our local Senators arrive Monday morning with thousands of emails and voicemails requesting their support of HB 2625 with no amendments…especially since they will face thousands of us that day at the rally! Parent voices are the most important and effective in this fight!

As I have stated before, it is extremely easy to contact your Representatives and Senators. You can find the contact information for your Legislators HERE.

This is literally all you have to do… call the numbers and/or email.

The secretary or voicemail will answer, or you will email, and you will tell them:

1) My name is_________. 2) I am from ___________. 3) I want the Senator to vote “YES!” on HB 2625 with no amendments. 4) My phone number is _________ (if they even ask for a phone number). It’s literally that easy friends. Remember, these people are working for us!

Feel free to add any personalization to it.  Tell them why you feel the way that you do!

Senator John Ford (Chair) fordj@oksenate.gov 405-521-5634
Senator Gary Stanislawski (Vice Chair) stanislawski@oksenate.gov 405-521-5624
Senator Josh Brecheen brecheen@oksenate.gov 405-521-5586
Senator Earl Garrison garrisone@oksenate.gov 405-521-5533
Senator Jim Halligan halligan@oksenate.gov 405-521-5572
Senator David Holt holt@oksenate.gov 405-521-5636
Senator Clark Jolley jolley@oksenate.gov 405-521-5622
Senator Susan Paddack paddack@oksenate.gov 405-521-5441
Senator Wayne Shaw shaw@oksenate.gov 405-521-5574
Senator Ralph Shortey shortey@oksenate.gov 405-521-5557
Senator John Sparks sparks@oksenate.gov 405-521-5553
Senator Ron Sharp sharp@oksenate.gov 405-521-5539

I am supporting this bill to ensure that we are creating positive experiences for our students. Honestly, I do not see how a one-test retention policy would prove to be a positive decision…it hasn’t been proven to be positive anywhere else.

An additional way to support our students is to visit noonbarresi.com and sign the petition. You can also access the “No On Barresi” Facebook page HERE. This is a petition expressing “No Confidence” for State Superintendent Barresi. This was created by a parent from Yukon, Rebecca Cunningham. The Tulsa World had a great article about the petition… you can access the article HERE. This petition is a symbolic effort to show that Oklahomans are tired of a regime that has caused negative experiences to our children. The goal is to have 10,000 signatures for rally on Monday. We are ready to have confidence in a leader that truly cares about Oklahoma’s children.

I do not want another student to lose their enjoyment for reading and school. I’m ready for children to find pleasure and passion in reading and school, instead of fear.

 

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Mo’ Money, Less Problems: HB 3398 ESA/Voucher Bill and HB 2630 Pensions

Last week I blogged for your support, and shared about my first experience contacting legislators. Well, I’m begging for your help again!  Tomorrow, HB 3398 ESA/Voucher Bill is on the agenda again!  We need everyone to share this on social media, and to CONTACT THE LEGISLATORS BY 4:30 TOMORROW . The reasons why I am against this bill are: 1) I don’t believe that tax money should fund private schools. 2) I believe that the majority of people that will use these ESA/Vouchers are families that already have kids in private schools. 3) I don’t believe that this process will benefit students from low socio-economic areas, like the author claims. 4) Our private schools are held to less accountability than public schools. If accountability is important for public schools, it should be important for all entities that use tax dollars. 5) I believe that to create better public schools our legislators must invest, rather than decrease funding by more than any other state.

PLEASE CONTACT THE LEGISLATORS BELOW! You can call or email. If you don’t want to talk to the secretary: call at night or in the morning and leave a voicemail!

This is literally all you have to do… call the numbers and/or email.

The secretary or voicemail will answer and you will tell them:

1) My name is_________. 2) I am from ___________. 3) I want the representative to vote “NO!” on HB 3398. 4) My phone number is _________ (if they even ask for a phone number). It’s literally that easy friends. Remember, these people are working for us!

Last week, when HB 3398 was originally on the agenda, I tried to engage Representative Jason Nelson…he is the co-author of this bill. I never received his response. To his defense, he did respond to my questions about the special education funding weights. Right now, I think that we could all agree that every student’s funding weight needs to increase.

Contact Information:
Martin, Scott 405-557-7329 or scott.martin@okhouse.gov
Armes, Don 405-557-7307 or donarmes@okhouse.gov
Billy, Lisa J 405-557-7365 or isajbilly@okhouse.gov
Brown, Mike 405-557-7408 or mikebrown@okhouse.gov
Christian, Mike 405-557-7371 or mike.christian@okhouse.gov
Coody, Ann 405-557-7398 or anncoody@okhouse.gov
Cox, Doug 405-557-7415 or Doug.cox@okhouse.gov
Denney, Lee 405-557-7304 or leedenney@okhouse.gov
Dorman, Joe 405-557-7305 or joedorman@okhouse.gov
Hickman, Jeff 405-557-7339
Hoskin, Chuck 405-557-7319 or chuck.hoskin@okhouse.gov
Kern, Sally 405-557-7348 or Sallykern@okhouse.gov
McCullough, Mark 405-557-7414 or mark.mccullough@okhouse.gov
McDaniel, Jeannie 405-557-7334 or Jeanniemcdaniel@okhouse.gov
McNeil, Skye 405-557-7353 or skye.mcniel@okhouse.gov
McPeak, Jerry 405-557-7302 or jerrymcpeak@okhouse.gov
Morrissette, Richard 405-557-7404 or richardmorrissette@okhouse.gov
Nelson, Jason 405-557-7335 or Jason.nelson@okhouse.gov
Newell, Tom 405-557-7372 or tom.newell@okhouse.gov
Osborn, Leslie 405-557-7333 or leslie.osborn@okhouse.gov
Proctor, Eric 405-557-7410 or eric.proctor@okhouse.gov
Ritze, Mike 405-557- 7338 or mike.ritze@okhouse.gov
Roberts, Sean 405-557-7322 or sean.roberts@okhouse.gov
Sanders, Mike 405-557-7407 or mike.sanders@okhouse.gov
Schwartz, Colby 405-557-7352 or colby.schwartz@okhouse.gov
Sears, Earl 405-557-7330 or earl.sears@okhouse.gov
Watson, Weldon 405-557-7330 or weldon.watson@okhouse.gov
Wesselhoft, Paul 405-557-7343 or paulwesselhoft@okhouse.gov

Also, please help all public employees by contacting your local legislators about saving public employee pensions! You can use this link to find your legislators, and use the script below to help us!

1) My name is_________. 2) I am from ___________. 3) I want the representative to vote “NO!” on HB 2630. 4) My phone number is _________ (if they even ask for a phone number). It’s literally that easy friends. Remember, these people are working for us! 5)”I am a voter, and I want you to leave public pensions alone.”

Without each of your support, our fight would have ended last week! Let’s make it clear that: we want funding increased for our public schools, we want taxes to be invested in public schools, and we want public employees to retire and not have to worry how good or bad the stock market has faired. Lastly, we need to remember that it is impossible for public schools to improve while funding is cut and enrollment climbs.

Thank you for all that you do to help our students and teachers.

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Team #oklaed

I have been a member of a team for as long as I can remember. Whether it was a part of a sports team, student council, or a workplace team. I have had the opportunity to be a part of some amazing teams. Over the past year, I have become more involved with two teams: the Professional Educators of Norman (PEN) and Team #oklaed.

PEN is a local affiliate of the Oklahoma Education Association…it is my union. Over the next 6-weeks leading up to the “Oklahoma’s Rally for Education” on March 31, many teachers will be labeled as greedy union members (I blogged about this last week).

Now, before you want to wash my mouth out for using the “U-word”, please let me explain why I am an active member of my union.

A strong education union will promote solidarity throughout the organization’s members. I honestly feel that education unions allow teachers to think of the collective. From my experience, rookie teachers and veteran teachers come together to fight for issues that affect all teachers. One of our many issues that we are fighting for, is to keep our pension system the way that it is currently setup. We do not need to move to a defined contribution system, because we already have voluntary contribution systems in place: such as 403(b) and 457 plans. It is a way for other individuals, previously affiliated with Enron, to gain profit from Oklahoma educators.

Some other issues that we are fighting for are increased funding and teacher salary. I get extremely frustrated when people label teacher unions as greedy and selfish when we fight for an increase in salary. Unlike most professions, we cannot approach our bosses for an individual wage increase. Most large-district professional organizations create a bargaining team to negotiate with the district. It’s important that the union acts a team for what is in the best interest of the students and teachers. Let us not forget that schools are inhabited with students AND teachers, and we must take action to increase morale for both populations. I feel that my professional organization works toward this goal.

I joined a union to also provide me with protection. I think that it is especially important for all special education teachers to join a union, because of the possibility of a parent initiating Due Process. I believe that representation apart from the school district is often necessary to ensure that teacher rights are upheld.  Also, there are some parents that strangle teacher authority within our schools. Some parents have even initiated “rules” that allow the administration  team to solely provide consequences for the student. This completely strips away authority from the teacher, and will prove to be detrimental for the student to develop appropriate respect for individuals in all positions, and not just authority figures. Professional organizations help to protect teachers from these types of situations.

Finally, I believe that my professional organization presents a united front, in which to advocate for students and teachers. Currently, Governor Fallin and State Superintendent Barresi wish to change education in a fearful way. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND reading this article . The two aforementioned “leaders” have entrusted major education decisions to a person that is responsible for schools that house six teachers per 350 educators! They would love to enact:  “a “central office” that can effectively support 1,000 schools with a staff of less than 100.”  The instruction for our students would largely be driven through computer presentation, and modules that “teach” our students. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think that computers can build relationships! I don’t want to live in a world where my future children can’t run up and give their second grade teacher a hug! I want my future children and current students to learn how to be responsible citizens, a person with empathy, someone who stands up against injustice, and feels a responsibility to leave this world a better place than what they found it.  I don’t think that these computers and six teachers will be able to create developmental learning and treat our students as individuals!

The other team that I belong to is, Team #oklaed. Although I have yet to meet one of these fellow teammates face-to-face, I have grown tremendously by reading their blogs. I would encourage all of my readers to check out the following blogs: A View From the Edge, okeducationtruths, Jason James, Keen Educator, Fourth Generation Teacher, Random Reflections From an Educator, and HaselwoodMath. (If I forgot anyone else, I’m sorry…it’s a Sunday night!) We may not agree on every single issue, but do believe in discussing and providing awareness to the issues that are affecting Oklahoma education.  There are so many more individuals that don’t blog that belong to Team #oklaed. It is my hope that we can continue to witness this team grow!

Although I haven’t endorsed a candidate for the future State Superintendent race, I pseudo-witnessed a level of teamwork through Twitter yesterday involving Joy Hofmeister . She attended the #edcampokc with educators from all over the state. From what I read, it was a positive experience from everyone that attended! Like I said, I haven’t decided on a candidate, but this level of collaboration is a breath of fresh air. I have yet to hear of Janet Barresi attending an education event that has not been organized by the OSDE.

I’m not trying to say that education unions and “Team #oklaed” are the only groups that can/should advocate for Oklahoma education! Actually, I’m trying to convey the importance of unifying all groups for the interest of public education! Get involved with your surrounding Parent Legislative Action Committee (PLAC), contact your legislators, and rally with us! We are a team! 

I believe that we should all collaborate to inform each other. Janet Barresi and others want to try and capitalize on the ignorance of the public. She is now “pushing” for a $2,000 raise to the state minimum salary schedule. Most school districts already offer above the state minimum salary, so I see this as nothing more than a political push. Ashley Gaona, states it perfectly HERE.

All education groups need to unite to protect the well being of our education system. Please join us at the rally and prove to the critics that we are not just “liberal union bosses”, but people from all groups united to create the best possible environment for our students and teachers.

Thanks to all of the union members, PLAC groups, parents, students, community members, Team #oklaed bloggers and non-bloggers, and teachers for continue to encourage me. I truly believe that together we will be a catalyst for positive change in Oklahoma education. We are all a part of Team #oklaed.

If you would like more information about PLAC groups, here are links to the groups that I follow: Oklahoma Central PLAC,  Cleveland County PLAC,  Tulsa Area PLAC

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