"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world." - Joel A. Barker
I believe my first-hand experience, knowledge, common sense and training in strategic planning places me as the forerunner in the race for Oklahoma’s next State School Superintendent.
The good news is that our schools are better than what some would have us believe. The bad news is that they are not as good as they could be. We need a vision of excellence for all our schools and we need to create and execute that vision with collaboration.
Without question, we can and must improve instruction. However, there are many schools and classrooms of excellence in our state. Teachers and school administrators deserve our respect. Their jobs are extremely difficult and more importantly, they are preparing students and protecting our future. A test should not define a student or a school and the current amount of testing our children are being subjected to is not beneficial.
There are many issues facing Oklahoma education. These issues and our future will require a strategic plan with all stakeholders - parents, educators, students, community members and legislators - involved. It must be led by a person of vision who has a proven track record. I am that person and I hope you will support me and my vision for moving Oklahoma education in a positive direction.
I will advocate for: