You may be wondering: What is this new group forming all about? At a most basic level these three statements form the foundation of who we are and what we’re about:
WE ARE FOR OKLAHOMA KIDS: 93% of Oklahoma Kids attend Public School. We want to re-shape conversation about Public Education in Oklahoma. We do not believe our schools are failing – that’s a cop out. Therefore we will challenge religious voices who demonize public education. We believe education is a moral good and obligation of the state to every child.
WE ARE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS: We will advocate for adequately funded schools and paying teachers and school staff the wages they deserve. Because of this we are opposed to ESAs/Vouchers or any other name that inevitably leads to the privatization of Public Schools. We further believe in the wall of separation of church and state and that no public money should be used for religious schools.
WE ARE FOR TEACHERS: We refute the notion that schools are failing. We have failed if we resort to punishing good and decent teachers and administrators by demonizing their calling. We will send a clear message – we are WITH you. You do not stand alone.