March 28, 2014
Dear Governor Fallin,
As a professional educator for over 17 years now, I have poured my heart and soul into educating the children of our future. Each educator I know does the same. We value the importance of a solid foundation in academics and hope to prepare our students to be successful, productive members of society.
However, when our government, our legislators, and our citizens do not place the same value on the education of our youth, it becomes a spiraling struggle. This struggle is one in which many educators are working very hard to not lose. Your policies regarding the state of education in Oklahoma must be supportive of our educators and of our students. We are coming together to voice our opinions and let you know what needs to be done. We have a voice!
We are the ones who produce the workers of tomorrow. We are the ones who produce the visionaries of tomorrow - the ones who will bring new business and opportunity to our state. Without the proper funding and support we cannot be expected to prepare our students for the dynamic world in which they will eventually call their own.
There is a mighty force of teachers ready for change. It is in your best interest and in the best interest of all Oklahomans to listen carefully. We are the ones in the classroom daily. We see the struggles of the children. We know what needs to be done. We are the voices you should listen to. Our combined years of experience are a valuable resource for you to use. It is my sincere hope that you not only listen, but carefully ponder the information we present to you.
Second Grade Teacher
Orvis Risner Elementary