“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to place the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” ~ John F. Kennedy
LET'S CREATE A VISION OF EXCELLENCE FOR OKLAHOMA SCHOOLS
"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 that 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 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 input from all stakeholders - parents, educators, students, community members and legislators. This initiative 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.
1. Attract and retain high quality teachers
2. School accountability (that is "authentic")
3. Return to local control
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I will also advocate for:
Coming to a Town Near You!
I am traveling the state to hear what the citizens of Oklahoma have to say about what kind of schools and what kind of education they want for their children and for their communities.
To find out when we will be in your area email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am identifying people for an "Innovation Team" to examine the many possibilities for improving public education in a positive manor.
Together, we will create a new paradigm that best serves students, schools and community needs.