Fully fund public education. Pay teachers, paraprofessionals, and staff professional, living wages. Ensure that classrooms have the necessary resources to properly educate our children.

When well-prepared children enter good schools with strong teachers and paraprofessionals, those children have a much better chance to learn, grow, and succeed.  Unfortunately, Oklahoma’s children face a school system devastated by funding cut after funding cut, a system left to wither and fall apart by our Republican legislature.  

Every day, our teachers and paraprofessionals struggle heroically to teach our state’s children.  They do so despite being underfunded, unsupported by our state government, and massively underpaid.  

Teachers do one of the most difficult, yet most important jobs in our society, and we owe it to them to see to it that they are properly paid and that they have the resources to do their best work.  We owe it to our children to see to it that they have the supplies, equipment, facilities, and programs they need in order to grow into successful adults.  I myself have children in special education in public schools.  We owe it to them, and all the other children like them, to make sure that our teachers and paraprofessionals have the programs, resources, and training to prepare every child, regardless of need or ability, to develop into their best possible selves.