It’s up to vot­ers now

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - OPINION -

As I stood among Ok­la­homa teach­ers at the Capi­tol last April, I thought, “Fi­nally we have some­one to save Ok­la­homa for the next gen­er­a­tion.” Save Ok­la­homa from politi­cians who refuse to raise ad­e­quate rev­enue to prop­erly fund our pub­lic schools, men­tal health fa­cil­i­ties, dis­trict at­tor­neys, drug treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties, job train­ing pro­grams, and the list goes on. Teach­ers car­ried their mes­sage to the Capi­tol only to have doors closed in their faces and be sub­jected to harsh, dis­re­spect­ful com­ments. Such ac­tions fu­eled the teacher push for hon­est, car­ing govern­ment in Ok­la­homa. Many teach­ers have cho­sen to leave the class­room and run for of­fice to turn our state govern­ment around so that it serves peo­ple’s needs and not busi­ness in­ter­ests.

Teach­ers have done their part. Now it’s our turn. Call, write and cam­paign for can­di­dates who want to prop­erly fund our pub­lic schools and other nec­es­sary pub­lic ser­vices. It’s up to us to vote Nov. 6 for can­di­dates who place the wel­fare of Ok­la­homa’s chil­dren and fam­i­lies ahead of the profit mar­gin of their busi­ness in­ter­ests. Let’s fin­ish the 2018 teacher move­ment at the bal­lot box by elect­ing “peo­ple can­di­dates” not “busi­ness de­coys,” start­ing with the gov­er­nor and work­ing on down the bal­lot. John Fletcher, Nor­man

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