Monday, April 9, 2018
Friday, April 6, 2018
The flex benefit allocation is always on the brink of disaster, as health-care costs rise and state school budgets dwindle. A large number of our new dollars we’re seeing slowly and grudgingly added to the school budget will be immediately claimed to cover flex benefits.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
I’ll be trying to develop genuine lines of communication…with my own legislators (actually, I’ve already been working on that).
I’ll be working to develop lines of combination with the Education Committee in the Senate and the Common Education Committee in the House
I’m going to be an informed voter…I’m going to help inform others about candidates’ position on MY issues (see above).
Our work STARTS on Monday and continues every day.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
I have been relatively quiet over the talk of a teacher walk-out. I have rallied, marched (including in 1990 for HB 1017). I have visited the Capitol and talked to legislators. I've attended committee meetings and floor debates. I've made my position clear: I'm an education voter. Despite our visits and calls, teachers (and support personnel and all state workers) continue to be ignored as ideologues stick to their 'trickle down' theories. Our state MUST have new, recurring revenue. Our state must take care of our people, and especially our children.
I read Beth Wallis's post last night on Face Book, and felt she expressed the collective frustration of our teachers...not only for themselves, but for their students. Our students deserve better than this status quo. I support Beth and her colleagues. I support my Grands' teachers and schools.
More school districts are coming forward, ready to support some kind of action.
We are taking action because the students of Oklahoma deserve it.
We are taking action because our legislature has proven to us that it's never just going to "work itself out", because they've had damn well over a decade to figure this out.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Every teacher parking spot was filled. Teachers walked into their schools today, knowing the OK Legislature couldn't compromise to find a budget that included a raise for teachers.
Teachers walked into their schools today, knowing another school had suffered devastating losses...lives, dreams, innocence.
As teachers we know and can empathize with how other educators feel. I'm not in the classroom, but here's what I know happened today in classrooms all over Oklahoma, and all over our countries.
Teachers walked into their classrooms and sat down, praying for some composure before they saw their students.
Teachers looked around their rooms, trying to decide where the safest spots would be to shelter students in an attack.
Teachers tried to plan lessons that would engage their students and distract them all from the impact of yesterday's shootings.
Teachers greeted every student a little more warmly today. They looked into the eyes and the souls of their students and understood how vulnerable they all are in what should be the safest place in our society.
Teachers hugged students a little more closely today. They watched the swarm of students with more gratitude today, and with deep mourning for #Parkland, for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Students were lost: Alyssa Alhadeff, Martin Duque Anguiano, Nicholas Dworet, Jamie Guttenberg, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Meadow Pollack, Helena Ramsay, Alex Schachter, Carmen Schentrup, Peter Wang.
Teachers fought back tears...some were not successful.
Teachers worked hard to erase the images from yesterday of classrooms just like theirs, and the carnage. Aidan could have been my student...this classroom could have been mine. In truth, Aidan IS mine. He is every teacher's student. He is every adult's son.
Teachers reflected on the teacher who gave his life:Aaron Feis. A teacher like them. A teacher at school doing his job. A teacher, who, like his students, did not come home last night. And then we learned two other educators died in this massacre: Chris Hixon and Scott Beigel. Teachers like them. Teachers who tried.
The Romeo and Juliet quote always comes to my mind when sad things happen to schools, since the play is so closely connected to high schools. These are among the last lines in the play. But there are more:
Teachers took a deep breath...
Teachers reached out and began their lessons.
Sunday, January 28, 2018
I DID NOT read any of the bills...I scanned some to try to understand, but I know I missed things, and I hope you, Constant Reader, will correct, add, define...help me out.
DISCLAIMER: My organization into negative and positive is my own. Please feel free to question or disagree. And, as always, I expect you to do your own reading and researching.
Here are the education bills I'll be watching.
Oklahoma Watch has a good list of bills to watch also. If you're not already subscribing to their emails, you should be!!